Washington, DC (May 16, 2016) – In recent days, the working group known as Clemency Project 2014, which was formed by National Association of Criminal Defense lawyers (NACDL), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), the American Bar Association (ABA), and the Federal Public and Community Defenders, surpassed a major milestone, submitting its 1,000th petition to the Office of the Pardon Attorney.
Clemency Project 2014, a historically unprecedented and wholly independent volunteer effort by the nation's bar, is a vehicle through which thousands of attorneys have been able to respond to the Department of Justice's call for the bar to offer free assistance to potential petitioners. Through the Project, and with the assistance of a small paid staff and volunteer leaders of the participating organizations, these lawyers received in-depth training, screened tens of thousands of requests for assistance, engaged in often challenging factual and legal research, and ultimately, as of now, submitted more than 1,000 petitions, prepared pro bono, on behalf of non-violent federal prisoners serving draconian sentences that likely would not be imposed today given changes in law and policy.
"To the best of my knowledge, this is the largest pro bono undertaking in the history of the American legal profession," said NACDL President E.G. "Gerry" Morris. "I could not be more proud of the bar and, in particular, the many criminal defense lawyers who stood up and volunteered to do what they can to help secure freedom for prisoners who appear to qualify under the criteria announced by the Department of Justice in April 2014. In addition to providing office space at NACDL headquarters for Clemency Project 2014, I know our staff has taken on significant additional responsibilities to support this unique and incredibly important effort. Support for an endeavor like Clemency Project 2014 is what NACDL is all about."
Gerald B. Lefcourt, President of the Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ), which among other groups provided critical financial resources for Clemency Project 2014, including right at the start to help get the Project off the ground, said: "This Project, and the support FCJ has provided to it, is in the greatest tradition of the mission of the Foundation, ‘to preserve and promote the core values of America's justice system guaranteed by the Constitution,' including fair sentencing. For an almost entirely volunteer project like this to have been able to train thousands of lawyers, process tens of thousands of requests for pro bono assistance, track down countless archived materials, and now to surpass 1,000 petitions submitted is nothing short of monumental. It speaks volumes of the character of the legal profession."
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.