NACDL’s State Criminal Justice Network (SCJN), has initiated a conference call series entitled National Advocacy Calls on Developing Legislation (NACDL). The teleconferences generally feature an expert on an issue area and are designed to inform criminal defense lawyers and advocates across the country on a variety of criminal justice issues. Key to the calls is informing participants of any legislation or litigation pending that seeks progressive reform on the issue, and serves as a call to action for advocates interested in developing strategies for legislative reform or litigious efforts in their jurisdictions.
Advocacy Call on Drug-Induced Homicides
On October 30, 2019, NACDL hosted an advocacy call on drug-induced homicide laws featuring Valena Elizabeth Beety of Arizona State University Law and the Academy for Justice; Leo Beletsky of Northeastern University Law and the Health in Justice Action Lab; and Lindsey LaSalle of the Drug Policy Alliance.
From NACDL's State Criminal Justice Network. Monica L. Reid, Host. Music I Will! Rise Above (Jared C. Balogh) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0.
Advocacy Call on Occupational Licensing
On Thursday, June 21, 2018, NACDL hosted a discussion about the model legislation and a review of states that have enacted occupational licenses. Speakers included Lee McGrath, Managing Attorney of the Institute for Justice Minnesota office and IJ’s Senior Legislative Counsel; and Joshua House, an attorney with the Institute for Justice.
From NACDL's State Criminal Justice Network. Angelyn C. Frazer-Giles, Host. Doug Shaner, production. Music I Will! Rise Above (Jared C. Balogh) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0.
NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project Call
NACDL hosted a National Advocacy Call on Developing Legislation on Thursday, October, 19, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. EDT focused on the NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project. The call featured Norman Reimer, Executive Director, NACDL; Mary Price, General Counsel, FAMM; and Alphonso David, Counsel, New York Governor Cuomo. The Project is collaborating with New York State to develop necessary processes and procedures and to provide logistical support enabling pro bono assistance for those seeking clemency.
Advocacy Call on Marsy's Law
Marsy's Law seeks to give crime victims legal standing in bail hearings, pleas, sentencing, and parole hearings. It allows crime victims to refuse an interview or other discovery requests made by the accused or any person acting on behalf of the accused. The Law has passed in several states including California, Illinois, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. In North Dakota, issues with the law as it relates to the discovery process have been reported. Other states have experienced similar issues.
Advocacy Call on Police Militarization
NACDL hosted a webinar entitled Under Siege: The Defense Bar Examines Police Militarization, Ethnic & Racial Dynamics of Sentencing, and Their Impact on Criminal Justice Outcomes. The webinar was in response to the uprisings in Ferguson, Missouri and the ensuing swift and extreme police response. The webinar also explored the plethora of polarizing issues including racism, implicit bias, disparate sentencing policies, as well as, the over-policing of minority and poor communities.
Death Penalty Call 9/14/2016
NACDL’s State Criminal Justice Network held an advocacy call on Proposition 62, which would have abolished the death penalty, and Proposition 66, which will maintain the death penalty, but has the potential to cost the state even more and overburden local court resources. A recent report, “California Votes 2016: An Analysis of the Competing Death Penalty Ballot Initiatives,” outlines the current state of the death penalty system and analyzes how each initiative will work in practice.
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