Washington, DC (August 14, 2013) – On Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Library of Congress, The Federal Bar Association Criminal Law Section and The Law Library of Congress are hosting this event marking the beginning of a year-long commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Criminal Justice Act. This landmark legislation secured the Sixth Amendment right to counsel in federal court. The following groups are participating organizations in the event: the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), National Legal Aid & Defender Association, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, and the Constitution Project.
The program includes remarks by:
David Mao, Law Librarian of Congress
Geoff Cheshire, Chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section
Honorable Gustavo A. Gelpi, Jr., President-Elect, Federal Bar Association
James R. Silkenat, President, American Bar Association
The program also includes a panel discussion --“Striving for a Meaningful Right to Counsel” – among:
Norman L. Reimer, Executive Director, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
Thomas Giovanni, Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University
Cait T. Clark, Assistant Director for Defender Services, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Library of Congress, James Madison Memorial Building
Montpelier Room (6th Floor, Yellow Corridor)
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540
RSVP Required -- All members of the press interested in attending this event should contact Sheryl Cannady in the Library’s Public Affairs Office at 202-707-6456 as soon as possible.
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.
Please contact Ivan J. Dominguez, Director of Public Affairs & Communications, (202) 465-7662 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.