News Release

NACDL's 11th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference

Washington, DC (July 26, 2012) – The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), in conjunction with American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Innocence Project, and ACLU of California, presents the 11th Annual State Criminal Justice Network (SCJN) Conference entitled Gideon and Beyond: Securing Constitutional Rights Through Policy Advocacy. The conference takes place at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California, July 26 – 27, 2012, and will consists of a variety of panels covering topics including Discovery Reform, Indigent Defense, Collateral Consequences of Convictions, Juvenile Justice Reform, and Social Media 101.

Featured speakers include Lisa Wayne, President of NACDL; Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III, President of the American Bar Association; and Jim Lavine, Past President of NACDL. The conference will also feature clips from the upcoming HBO Documentary Gideon’s Army followed by a discussion with award-winning film director and producer Dawn Porter.  

In addition, Jennifer L. Zito, Immediate Past President of Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association will be presented with the Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award.  The Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award honors individuals or groups whose exceptional efforts have led toward progressive reform of a state criminal justice system.  

Contact: Angelyn Frazer, State Legislative Affairs Director, (202) 213-9302 or

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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.