About the ACDL-NJ

ACDL-NJ's 34th Annual 
Reimagining Criminal Defense:
Trends for 2023 and Beyond

Saturday, October 22, 2022
Program 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
120 Wood Avenue South, lselin, NJ

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Full Program and Mail-In Registration Flier here

  • Welcome by ACDL-NJ President
    Mark H. Friedman, Esq.

  • What New Jersey Criminal Lawyers Need to Know About the Fallout from
    Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization
    Michael Noveck, Esq., Office of the Public Defender - NJ

  • Justice for the mentally ill: Is it possible?
    Katherine Caola, Esq. & Allison Friedman, Esq., Office of the Public Defender - NJ
  • The ABC's of AVD: Attorney-Conducted Voir Dire
    Porsha-Shaf'on Venable, Esq., Supervising Attorney, Bronx Defenders Office
  • "Everything Changes: Arguing For More Lenient Treatment of Younger Clients"
    Alicia Hubbard, Esq. & Damon Venable, Esq., Office of the Public Defender - NJ
  • Lorraine Gauli-Rufo, Esq., LGR Law, LLC
  • Jennifer Sellitti, Esq., Office of the Public Defender - NJ

The ACDL's History and Mission

The Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (ACDL-NJ) was established in 1985 and has since become the primary organized voice for the criminal defense bar in New Jersey. The ACDL-NJ was formed, among other reasons, to respond to the continuing problems confronting criminal defense lawyers when they honestly, ethically, but zealously represent their clients; to protect and insure compliance with those individual rights guaranteed by the New Jersey and United States Constitutions; and to encourage cooperation among criminal defense lawyers engaged in the furtherance of those objectives. The criminal defense lawyer has a difficult job, which is poorly understood by the public and, on occasion, even by the courts. The ACDL-NJ's message to criminal defense lawyers has always been, and will continue to be: in your efforts to insure the basic rights and liberties of all people, you are not alone.

Message from the President

Mark FriedmanThe Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey is an active, engaged community of more than 500 members across New Jersey, assisting each other to become effective advocates on behalf of criminal defendants, especially in difficult situations. The ACDL-NJ continues to make its voice heard in the New Jersey appellate courts as amicus curiae on behalf of the interests of the criminal defense bar and its clients in important matters. Our Lawyers Assistance Committee has successfully advocated on behalf of ACDL members in state and federal court, and our Legislation Committee has continued to monitor and weigh in on pending legislation affecting criminal defendants. The ACDL-NJ listserv enables members to reach out to our entire membership and pick the brains of the finest criminal defense lawyers in this State. In sum, there has never been a better time to become a member of the ACDL-NJ. If you are already a member and have suggestions about how to make the ACDL-NJ more useful to its members, please let us know.

- Mark H. Friedman, ACDL-NJ President

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