Renewed War on Drugs, harsher charging policies, stepped-up criminalization of immigrants — in the current climate, joining the NACDL is more important than ever. Members of NACDL help to support the only national organization working at all levels of government to ensure that the voice of the defense bar is heard.
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NACDL is committed to enhancing the capacity of the criminal defense bar to safeguard fundamental constitutional rights.
NACDL harnesses the unique perspectives of NACDL members to advocate for policy and practice improvements in the criminal legal system.
NACDL envisions a society where all individuals receive fair, rational, and humane treatment within the criminal legal system.
NACDL’s mission is to serve as a leader, alongside diverse coalitions, in identifying and reforming flaws and inequities in the criminal legal system, and redressing systemic racism, and ensuring that its members and others in the criminal defense bar are fully equipped to serve all accused persons at the highest level.
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The Board of Directors oversees the business and affairs of the organization and sets organization policy. It includes 35 elected directors, four Affiliate Representatives, the officers of the association, and an appointed parliamentarian.
The affairs of the Foundation are managed by the Board of Trustees.
When NACDL convened its Annual Meeting on August 15, 2020, it was the first time that an Annual Meeting was livestreamed, thus making it possible for members everywhere to view the proceedings. What they saw was an incredible infusion of new talent into the leadership ranks.
Here are the 2019 profiles of new leaders, staff members, and interns at NACDL.