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2016-17 Board of Directors and Executive Committee Meetings

Thursday, Nov. 10 –
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016
Board of Directors

Omni Rancho Las Palmas, Rancho Mirage, CA
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Monday, Jan. 30 –
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
(Executive Committee meeting on Monday, 1/30)
Executive Committee AND Capital Conference
Westin – DC City Center,
Washington, DC
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Thursday, March 16 – Saturday, March 18, 2017 Board of Directors
Le Pavillon Hotel,
New Orleans, LA
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Saturday, May 20, 2017 Executive Committee
Marriott World Center,
Orlando, FL
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National District Attorneys Association slams President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology report
Yesterday, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) voted to release a report highly critical of forensic science and questioning the scientific validity of several disciplines. The report further calls for prosecutors to not seek to admit evidence within these disciplines into court and for judges to not allow it. NDAA strongly opposes this report and the irresponsible move by PCAST. NDAA's statement regarding that vote can be found HERE


New Course Offered:
Illegal Gaming

The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) is excited to announce a partnership with the American Gaming Association (AGA) to present a unique training opportunity designed for federal, state, local and tribal prosecutors and investigators managing complex investigations and prosecutions related to illegal gaming. The training will be held September 26-27 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Topics will include illegal sports betting, dog and cock fighting, gaming machines, internet scams and tribal gaming. Faculty includes prosecutors and representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Humane Society, the Texas Lottery Commission, the Nevada Gaming Commission, and the Mississippi, Nevada and Arizona Attorneys General offices. State and local prosecutor's offices represented include the San Diego County District Attorney's Office, the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, and the Queens, NY District Attorney's Office. 

As you know, the challenges facing prosecutors, local law enforcement, investigators in prosecutors' offices, and agencies designed to protect the integrity of gaming seem to be increasing exponentially with the advent of the use by defendants of 21st century sources of evidence and  the under reporting of these cases. For more information, visit NDAA's training page for this course. For any questions, please contact NDAA's Candace Mosley at cmosley@ndaajustice.org. We hope that you are able to join us.

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San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos was sworn in as president of the National District Attorneys Association
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Summer Conference & Board Meeting
NDAA’s National Victims’ Rights Summit 2016
Boston, Massachusetts

Courtesy of the Greater Boston Convention
& Visitors Bureau.
The summit in Boston is over but you can still find general information here and presentations and bios from the speakers here.


San Bernardino County District Attorney Named
President of the National District Attorneys Association

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Baton Rouge Police Shootings
We are saddened and angered with the event unfolding against our law enforcement brethren in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the three officers who have been killed and the other officers fighting for their lives. We also send our support to NDAA board member and East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore as he helps his community deal with this tragedy.

Unfortunately, this is the second time in just over a week that law enforcement officers have been attacked, which is simply unacceptable. As the details unfold, we encourage everyone to rally together in support of the law enforcement community and we hope in the days and weeks ahead we can continue to work with our communities to ensure the safety of our citizens we are sworn to protect and the safety of our officers who put their lives on the line for us each and every day.

—NDAA Board of Directors



NDAA's New Monograph is Now Available:  
The Confrontation Clause
After Ohio v. Clark
Click here for a full analysis
Under the Bryant-Clark framework, the question to ask when determining the testimonial nature of a statement "is whether, in light of all of the circumstances, viewed objectively, ‘the primary purpose' of the conversation was to ‘creat[e] an out-of-court substitute for trial testimony.'”[1]

[1]  Ohio v. Clark, 135 S. Ct. 2180 (2015) (quoting Michigan v. Bryant, 562 U. S. 344, 358 (2011)).

Please note that the Office of Violence Against Women Grant # 2009-TA-AX-K012 funded the project,but you will be asked to submit an email address. The analysis is in the context of domestic violence but applies to all Confrontation Clause challenges. Points of views in the document are those by the author and does not represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. 


NDAA issues support for S. 2123, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act
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NDAA and IACP Join in Support of Legislation to Address Smartphone Encryption
On Thursday, April 14, the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) released a joint letter in support of recently released draft legislation that would address the issue of smartphone encryption and the lack of compliance by companies when law enforcement obtains a valid court order for digital evidence. The two organizations applauded the sponsors of the bill, Senator Burr of North Carolina and Senator Feinstein of California, for their efforts to address a problem impacting investigations across this country. 
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Call to Action
Take advantage of the opportunities to represent NDAA on the various American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section committees. Review the attached ABA committee list and get in touch with Kay Chopard Cohen kcc@ndaajustice.org or Lynzie Adams ladams@ndaajustice.org to sign up. This is your chance to represent prosecutors nationally on these important topics. Sign up today.


February 23, 2016
For Immediate Release
NDAA Supports Judge’s Order to Compel Apple to Provide Access to Cell Phone
The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) strongly supports the position of the U.S. Department of Justice that Apple assist in the search of the cellular telephone seized during the criminal investigation into the terrorist shooting incident in San Bernardino, CA. More particularly, NDAA encourages enforcement of U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym’s order directing Apple to work constructively to create a technological solution allowing the lawful search of the contents of the telephone in question by law enforcement.

Apple must put the public’s safety and the Nation’s security above their business interests.

Corporate image, amid promises of customer security, does not trump the rights of Americans to live in peace and security. While Apple’s encryption may be important to individual privacy, it cannot outweigh the fundamental obligation of our Nation's law enforcement community to fulfill their primary mission — to protect us from harm.

No house is permitted to be made impervious to search by a lawfully issued warrant reviewed by a neutral magistrate and based upon probable cause, and no technology company should be able to distribute telephones in America that cannot be legally accessed by law enforcement conducting a criminal investigation after judicial review and issuance of a lawful order.
DOJ Application for Search of Apple iPhone
Court Order Directing Apple to Assist in Access of iPhone in SB Terrorism Case


NDAA Training Needs
Assessment Survey

The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) and the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators (NAPC) are conducting a national training needs survey for prosecutors nationwide. We request you take a few minutes to respond. The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Your input will greatly help NDAA and NAPC determine prosecutor needs for training, technical assistance, and resources and provide valuable input for future planning and provision of services.
NDAA Needs Assessment Survey link



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