National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is the preeminent organization in the United States advancing the mission of the nation's criminal defense lawyers to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or other misconduct. 

Active BJA Funded Project(s):

  • FY2022 National Training and Technical Assistance: Capital Case Litigation Initiative
  • Justice For All: Sixth Amendment TTA
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Nonprofit Organization
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Headquarters Address
1660 L Street NW 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
United States
Phone: (202) 872-8600
Fax: (202) 872-8690
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NACDL is the preeminent organization in the United States advancing the mission of the nation’s criminal defense bar. Its more than 8,000 direct members – and 90 state, local and international affiliate organizations with another 40,000 members – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors, and judges committed to preserving fairness within America’s criminal justice system. Its expertise embraces ensuring the implementation and preservation of fundamental constitutional rights related to criminal justice primarily as enumerated in the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution.
NACDL strives to achieve a society where all individuals receive fair, rational, and humane treatment within the criminal justice system. Its mission is to serve as a leader, alongside diverse coalitions, in identifying and reforming flaws and inequities in the criminal justice 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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