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NDAA Fall Board Meeting
November 20–22, 2014
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Room rate: $134.00
Bahia Mar Hotel
801 Seabreeze Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
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Message from NDAA's President
Dear Fellow Prosecutors:
I have been President of NDAA for just over two months. Needless to say I have been very busy with a lot of different aspects of NDAA business. I did find time to visit HQ, have my first Executive Committee (EC) meeting and even have a two-week homicide trial during which the jury convicted the defendant of Second Degree Murder. Taking that verdict and getting hugs from the family of the 16-year-old victim made me feel so proud to be a prosecutor and reminded me why I am so honored and humbled to be President of NDAA.
My first priority for NDAA has been to work to get the newly adopted bylaws up and running. I appointed three co-chairs to each of the committees and those co-chairs are in the process of naming committee members per the bylaws. The four committees are: Legislation, Best Practices, Training and Education, and Membership. In addition, our Executive Director, Kay, has appointed a staff member to assist with each of these committees. Our treasurer, Lemuel, and I have appointed a Finance Committee as described in the bylaws. I have asked for help and members of my EC have been appointed to oversee the reorganized committees and to ensure that they are working to comply with the new bylaws. The first meeting of these reconstructed committees will be during our Fall Board Meeting. The only other Committee remaining that is not named in the bylaws is the Strategic Planning Committee, which is chaired by Henry, Curtis and Brad.
The newly formed Women’s Prosecutor Section has hit the ground running and is planning an event during our Fall Board Meeting. There is a lot of energy behind this new section and I would like to thank Jackie Lacey and Amy Hanley for moving this Section forward.
In the near future the Metro Prosecutors led by Michael Freeman will be forming a section of NDAA membership. This is also very exciting news and I look forward to announcing its formation in the spring, at the latest.
One of the first things I did was appoint a Media Response Team. This team coordinates by email to address as fast and accurate as possible current issues that affect prosecutors across the country. The team has been very busy responding to a variety of media requests.
I have appointed a small group of my EC to work on making the Summer Conference better and to restructure it where necessary. The group will also choose locations in the future several years in advance. Changes that you will see at the 2015 Summer Conference in Chicago are: The conference will have a theme and it will be shortened as follows: Saturday (Committee Meetings), Sunday: morning EC Meeting and Board Meeting; Sunday afternoon the Summer Conference will open with a great speaker followed by a reception at which the “Home Run Hitter” and other awards will be presented. The conference will end Tuesday afternoon with the golf tournament hosted by CEM and/or tour of local interest. This group will be meeting during the Fall Board Meeting to discuss future sites and listen to any and all suggestions from the Board.
I have also appointed a special group headed by Jonathan Blodgett, William Fitzpatrick and Don Kleine to explore Diversity in Funding. Jonathan has gotten this group off to a great start and they will also be meeting during our Fall Meeting with a vision for the (near) future.
Some great news for NDAA is that we received the first installment of a 1 million dollar donation from the Grisham family from New Mexico which will be used to start an endowment for prosecutor training. Thank you to them and the New Mexico prosecutors for making this a reality!
In October, I am looking forward to speaking to the Nebraska Prosecutors Association about the importance of NDAA membership. I hope to leave the state with a few new members! I will also be doing an hour-long presentation on prosecutor ethics. Now that my trial is over and my schedule is better I would love to come to your state association meeting and promote NDAA and our very bright future. If you would like me to travel to your state, please email or call and, if available, I would be honored to come. I will also be traveling to HQ and Salt Lake City to get a feel of what needs to be done to keep the Trial Academy going into the future.
I look forward to seeing you all in Ft. Lauderdale. The future is bright for NDAA.
NDAA President 2014-2015
NDAA Receives $200,000 Donation
NDAA is grateful to the Wayne A. Jordon and Sandra A. Grisham family for their generous donation of $200,000 in support of NDAA trial advocacy and other national training programs. The Honorable Michelle Lujan Grisham, U.S. Representative and family member, presented the NDAA with this check in memory of Wayne A. Jordon, a New Mexico prosecutor who died in the line of duty. NDAA is committed to creating an endowment named for Wayne A. Jordon to support NDAA’s dedication to high quality national training for state and local prosecutors.