(PRWEB) July 23, 2014
The DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA) was founded on the principles of open governance (transparency), democracy (elections), free speech (synergy) and most importantly giving back to the DUI Defense Community. Every single dollar of dues money and program money is accounted for publicly and posted on the web-site for all members of the public to see. The money generated by DUIDLA does not go to travel reimbursement to the Board of Directors or to expensive dinners or Board retreats. Instead, a large portion of the dues goes to the DUI Defense Lawyers Association Justice Foundation (DUIDLAJF) to grant scholarships to fully fund Public Defender and young lawyer training. The goal of DUIDLAJF is not to hoard money away, but to spend money to help PDs and young lawyers get the training that they need to promote justice.
In its first official act, the DUIDLAJF, which is the charitable foundation that is affili-ated with DUIDLA, has announced that it will fully fund a special small group 3-day intense training seminar for Public Defenders taught by cross-examination expert Terence MacCarthy.
Mr. MacCarthy is the Federal Defender Emeritus with the Federal Defender Program of the Northern District of Illinois. He established and was the Executive Director of that office for over 42 years. Several colleges, universities and institutions have bestowed honors on Mr. MacCarthy for his years of service not only as a Federal Defender, but most especially for his work in educating generations of lawyers on trial skills and his specialty: cross-examination. Stetson Law School inducted him into its Trial Advocacy Hall of Fame and appointed him a Distinguished Visiting Professor, an honor he also received from University College Dublin. Mr. MacCarthy has lectured in all 50 states and over a dozen foreign countries, and has given talks for 30+ State Bar Associations. He has taught for the Federal Judicial Center, the Department of Justice and the State of Illinois Attorney General’s Office. He literally wrote the book on cross-examination entitled “MacCarthy on Cross Examination.”
DUIDLAJF will begin a publicly available and widely disseminated application pro-cess looking to select 12-15 full-time public defenders from all across the United States to pay for their travel to and from, their lodging, and the tuition for this one-of-a-kind program. Please continue to visit the DUIDLA website: http://www.DUIDLA.org for more information.
DUIDLAJF Board of Trustees member Josh D. Lee said, “The main reason I joined the DUIDLA and DUIDLAJF is the ability that these organizations have to give back to the legal community. The idea that all members can be part of insuring justice by simply paying their dues is exciting. To be the proverbial Johnny Appleseed is important to everyone and to me. We are happy to team up with Mr. MacCarthy in the important task of training Public Defenders from all over the United States.”
Mr. MacCarthy said, “I am so excited to be part of this chance to teach public defenders and am so thankful to both DUIDLA and DUIDLAJF for funding it that I would crawl through broken glass to get to the seminar and still teach it.”
Evan Levow, president of DUIDLA, and a Trustee of the Justice Foundation said, "While I am proud and excited about the development of DUIDLA and the principles that it stands for, and grateful to work with the fantastic members that make up the organization, I am that much more excited about the work that the Justice Foundation is doing and will do. Terry McCarthy is the guru of cross-examination. He is incredibly generous to offer his help in our mission to educate lawyers, especially public defenders."