Press release: NACDL establishes Fourth Amendment Center:
Washington, DC (Apr. 24, 2018) – Today, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) announces the establishment of the NACDL Fourth Amendment Center, a project made possible by support from the Charles Koch Foundation, the Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ), and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Society has entered the digital age, and new surveillance technologies and programs – from GPS tracking devices to automated license plate readers to bulk data collection – pose once unimaginable challenges to personal privacy and have upended traditional law enforcement practices. Safeguarding the fundamental values embraced by the Fourth Amendment’s guarantee to protect the individual from government searches and seizures has created new challenges for defense lawyers. The Fourth Amendment Center will build on NACDL’s steadfast commitment to these principles and create a resource nexus to build a robust legal infrastructure necessary to identify key cases that can challenge outdated legal doctrine and create a new, more durable one for the digital age.