Foundation for Criminal Justice 2018 Awards Gala

Foundation of the Defense Bar: Celebrating NACDL at 60

Foundation for Criminal Justice 2018 Awards Gala 

Tickets will be available for purchase online through April 18. After April 18, tickets will be available for purchase, subject to availability, at the seminar registration desk at NACDL's Spring Meeting at the Roosevelt Hotel.

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Honoring and featuring: 

Michelle Alexander
Champion of Justice Civic & Humanitarian Award
Author of The New Jim Crow 

Quintin Chatman
Executive Director’s Award
Editor, The Champion Magazine, NACDL

Malika Saada Saar
Champion of Justice Legal Award
Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights, Google

Theodore V. Wells Jr
Lifetime Achievement Award
Partner, Paul Weiss

April 20, 2018
Cipriani 42nd St
New York City

7:00 pm: Cocktails
8:00 pm: Dinner

Black tie optional 

The Foundation for Criminal Justice® preserves and promotes the core values of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers® and the American criminal justice system. Through the projects it supports, the Foundation for Criminal Justice is at the vanguard of pursuing reforms necessary to make America’s criminal justice system fairer and more humane by supporting public defense and sentencing reform, addressing racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system, opposing overcriminalization, guarding against the evisceration of fundamental constitutional rights, and supporting abolition of the death penalty.

For 60 years, NACDL has been the foundation of the criminal defense bar. With support from the FCJ, NACDL continues to press for real criminal justice reform in policy and in the courts, every day, by helping lawyers challenge government abuses of power. Stand with the Foundation for Criminal Justice as it honors NACDL’s Diamond Jubilee.

“The FCJ provides critical support for the nation’s criminal defense bar — the constitutionally ordained guardians of individual liberty. Criminal defense lawyers stand with their clients, protecting them and our most cherished freedoms. The FCJ ensures — through training, collegial support, litigation, and institutional change — a better, fairer criminal justice system and society. The FCJ is the most important charity I can think of to support in order to fix America’s criminal justice system and ensure a robust defense bar.”

— Theodore Simon, Dinner Chair, FCJ Trustee, NACDL Past President

Why Support the Foundation for Criminal Justice

For sixty years, NACDL has been fighting to prevent and reverse injustice in the criminal system. The specter of new and unprecedented threats to criminal justice reform looms large. Public defense systems badly need reform and resources. Technological innovation and policy trends present unprecedented risks to privacy rights. The collateral consequences of arrest and conviction threaten people with permanent civil incapacitation. Overcriminalization, Brady violations, and the “trial penalty” continue to stifle due process of law. Now is the time to press for reform and to support the nation’s criminal defense bar.

The Foundation for Criminal Justice is fighting to address these issues. Here are a few of the current and upcoming initiatives supported by the Foundation:

  • Unprecedented projects and reports that support and expand Fourth Amendment protections;
  • Public defense reform on the state and federal level;
  • Strategic opportunities to combat excessive sentencing;
  • Comprehensive evaluations and policy responses to new and disruptive technologies and techniques, such as body cameras, predictive policing, risk assessment tools, biometrics, and more;
  • Brady reform designed to ensure prompt disclosure of all favorable evidence;
  • Projects that tear down the collateral consequences of arrest and conviction and promote legal mechanisms to restore rights and status after conviction or arrest, such as pardons, expungements, and certificates of good conduct; and
  • Support for novel projects such as state-level clemency initiatives and the First Amendment Strike Force and Mass Defense Unit

For any other questions, please call Daniel Weir at (202) 465-7640.

All proceeds from this event will help the Foundation for Criminal Justice pursue its vital criminal justice reform goals in 2018 and beyond.

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