Washington, DC (Feb. 27, 2014) – The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) today released a new series of tutorial videos aimed at assisting journalists interested in covering the criminal justice system. Criminal Justice and the Media is a three-part series exploring how journalists can effectively inform the public on what is one of the most important, dynamic and omnipresent forces in American society. Some of the finest journalists in the country joined with NACDL to create this exciting series; detailed biographies for each of the presenters are available here.
NACDL Executive Director Norman Reimer said: "Criminal law is an integral part of all aspects of American life. It is used to impose a vast network of social and regulatory controls over the people. It is, therefore, critical that the public have a solid understanding of the criminal law and the constitutional principles that shape it. And we cannot have an informed public without journalists who truly understand the criminal justice system and how it operates. We hope that this new series will be an invaluable aid to aspiring journalists, as well as experienced journalists transitioning into criminal justice reporting. Our ultimate goal is a public that is better informed and more keenly attuned to the nuances of the nation’s criminal justice system."
All three parts of the video series are available free on NACDL's website at http://www.nacdl.org/coveringcriminaljustice/ and at NACDL's YouTube channel. Additionally, DVD box sets of the videos are being sent to journalism and communication program deans, libraries and selected professors (undergraduate and graduate) across the nation. Each of the three videos explores a different aspect of America’s criminal justice system.
In "Part I: Covering Criminal Justice Policy," NACDL Executive Director Norman L. Reimer moderates a discussion on the topic of covering criminal justice policy. Gary Fields, criminal justice reporter at the Wall Street Journal and Carrie Johnson, justice correspondent at National Public Radio (NPR) are featured as guests in this segment.
In "Part II: Covering Trials," NACDL member and prominent New York criminal trial lawyer Susan J. Walsh, partner at the law firm of Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C leads a discussion on covering criminal trials. Linda Deutsch, who has covered trials for nearly 50 years for the Associated Press and is co-author of Covering the Courts: An Associated Press Manual for Reporters is featured as a guest in this segment.
In "Part III: Covering Appellate Decisions," NACDL Director of Public Affairs & Communications Ivan J. Dominguez moderates a discussion on the topic of covering appellate decisions. Adam Liptak, the Supreme Court correspondent at the New York Times and David Savage, the Supreme Court correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune are featured as guests in this segment.
NACDL gratefully acknowledges the Park Foundation and the Foundation for Criminal Justice for their support of this project.
Pattern Cross-Examination for DNA and Biological Evidence: A Trial Strategy Guide
NACDL’s Pattern Cross-Examination for DNA and Biological Evidence will assist criminal defense practitioners in scoring points when cross-examining forensic experts in cases involving DNA and biological evidence. This resource contains thousands of questions that will help defense lawyers cross-examine challenging witnesses without reinventing the wheel with each new case. It includes pattern questions that can be used to dominate prosecution DNA experts and level the playing field at trial.
Cross-Examination of the Analyst in Drug Prosecutions (2nd Ed.) By James M. Shellow
Now in its second edition with some new material, James M. Shellow’s book offers what its title promises: ways of thinking about cross-examining the forensic analysts in drug cases. But the book is so much more than that. It offers a look inside the mind of one of the finest cross-examiners and defense lawyers the United States has produced in the last seventy years. This small book can inspire and direct you in making big changes in the way you defend your clients and think about the entire project of trying any case.
Justice For All, Justice Now White T-Shirt (Women’s)
This custom, vintage-faded NACDL t-shirt is 50% polyester, 25% cotton, and 25% rayon weighing 5.2 oz. and is lightwieght, flexible and soft, providing maximum comfort. It features the "Justice For All, Justice Now" slogan and Lady Liberty image on the front, with the NACDL logo on the back. Currently available in both men's and women's sizes in both black and white colors. View the full line-up of colors and sizes on our online store, as well as our other popular and best-selling t-shirt designs at: nacdl.org/store.
Drug Cases Resource Materials Collection - CD-ROM
NACDL’s Drug Cases Resource Materials Collection is the sweeping culmination of every single article of written materials ever published from each installment of NACDL's annual "Defending Modern Drug Cases" seminar. Totaling over 12,000 pages, this vast collection includes 12+ years of motions, briefs, reports, outlines, transcripts, case citations, scholarly articles, powerpoints and other written commentaries. This collection provides trial strategies and tactics you can immediately apply to your current cases.
Mental Illness & the Law: Addressing and Litigating Behavioral Health Disorders in Criminal Cases
Whether it is insanity, impairment, a disorder, or adolescent brain development; mental health and intellectual competence issues affect pretrial supervision, trial and sentencing, and your chances of successfully advocating for your impaired client. This training provides ideas and proven solutions to assist you in advocating for your client during trial, whether it be insanity defenses, jury selection, cross of expert witnesses, persuasion, or mitigation at sentencing.
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The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's many thousands of direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling up to 40,000 attorneys – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal legal system.