Membership in the ABA Criminal Justice Section brings with it many benefits and privileges. With its diverse membership of judges, private criminal defense attorneys, prosecutors, public defenders, academics, forensic accountants, probation and parole officers and other criminal justice professionals, the Section is uniquely situated to bring all the various actors to the table to address today's most pressing criminal justice issues. Members receive:
- Criminal Justice Magazine , a quarterly publication filled with practice-oriented, "how-to" articles, coverage of criminal law and justice policy developments, and Section news. Members can view the full-text of articles, departments, and columns from current and past issues.
- Priority invitations to CLE programs , with registration and course materials offered at reduced rates to Section members.
- Ability to create, join, or contribute to Section discussions on the Internet.
- Access to important practice resources and Publications at Section-member discounts.
- An opportunity to provide leadership in the field through participation on Committees and special projects. Committee membership is available free of charge to Criminal Justice Section members.
- Advance notice of new developments and updates in your specialty area, through E-News and other email notices.
- The Criminal Justice Section Newsletter , to keep you informed of opportunities for involvement in Section activities. Certain committees also offer newsletters on specific subject areas, all at no additional cost.
- Opportunities to organize and speak at CLE programs in your area of specialty.
- The chance to mentor law students and younger lawyers interested in pursuing criminal law as a career.
- Enhancement of your professional skills through programs offered year-round, including a Criminal Justice track during the ABA's Annual Meeting.
- Expansion of your colleague and referral network . Members of the Criminal Justice Section include some of the top names in the field, as well as those who have only an occasional but pressing criminal law case.
- Access to members-only resources on the Section website, such as the ABA Online Directory for a complete listing of CJS members and leadership, and Criminal Justice Magazine articles.