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Benjamin to be president-elect of NACDL

Richmond lawyer Steven D. Benjamin will be sworn in Saturday as president-elect of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at its 53rd annual meeting in Denver.

Benjamin has previously served as first- and second vice-president, treasurer, secretary and a member of the association’s the board of directors.

The president-elect serves a one-year term and is automatically elevated to president of the association the following year.

In addition to his private practice in the firm of Benjamin & Desportes, Benjamin serves as special counsel to the Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee and to the Virginia State Crime Commission. He is a member of the Virginia Board of Forensic Science and the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission.

A former president of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, he is a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers and in 2003 received the Virginia State Bar’s Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award.