Washington, DC (Oct. 7, 2016) – Today, 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, achieves an historic milestone, submitting its 2,000th petition to the Office of the Pardon Attorney.
Clemency Project 2014 is an unprecedented and wholly independent pro bono effort by the nation's bar that has answered the Department of Justice's call for the bar to offer free assistance to potential petitioners. Through volunteering with the Project, and with the aid of volunteer representatives of the partner organizations and a small paid staff, thousands of attorneys from a wide variety of practice areas—not just criminal defense—have received detailed training, screened tens of thousands of requests for assistance, engaged in complex factual and legal research, and, as of today, will have submitted over 2,000 petitions for clemency. The petitions are submitted on behalf of non-violent federal prisoners who are serving long sentences that, given changes in federal law and policy, likely would not be imposed today.
Gerald B. Lefcourt, President of the Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ), which was among the first to provide critical financial resources to establish Clemency Project 2014, said: "The Project, along with its support from FCJ, epitomizes the mission of the Foundation, including promoting fair sentencing practices for anyone convicted of crime. The nearly all-volunteer initiative has worked tirelessly to train lawyers, process requests from those seeking assistance, and take on countless hours of legwork to locate materials. Surpassing 2,000 submitted petitions is a testament to their determination. It exemplifies the highest commitment to public service and represents the legal profession at its best."
Since the inception of Clemency Project 2014, NACDL has provided critical infrastructure and has donated thousands of hours of staff support. NACDL President Barry J. Pollack said, "Clemency Project 2014 reflects NACDL's values and its commitment to serve as 'Liberty's Last Champion.'" He noted that "This remarkable pro bono effort by criminal defense lawyers and other members of the bar has now helped 2,000 federal prisoners in their efforts to secure freedom from draconian sentences. I am incredibly proud of NACDL's role in this project and the historic results it has already achieved."
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.