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King becomes second vice president of the NACDL

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Nellie King Nellie L. King was sworn in as second vice president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at the association’s annual meeting in Philadelphia August 3.

King is the owner of The Law Offices of Nellie L. King, P.A., in West Palm Beach, where she practices criminal defense work in state and federal courts.

King has received numerous honors in recognition of her work, including the 2017 Women in Leadership Award, Private Sector, from the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches. King’s nomination for this award was based, in part, on her efforts to recruit volunteers for Clemency Project 2014, a project supported by NACDL to assist then President Barack Obama’s clemency initiative. This clemency effort sought to right the wrongs of inequitable sentencing policies implemented in the “war on drugs” that resulted in the incarceration of thousands of Americans for non-violent drug offenses. Attorney Eunice Baros nominated King for this award because, “She has risen to the top of her field as a result of the local, state, and national leadership roles she has undertaken, her fierce advocacy on behalf of her clients, and a career dedicated to important community endeavors. Nellie is a leader, a mentor to young women lawyers, and a powerhouse in Palm Beach County and the nation because of her impassioned dedication to the criminal justice system.”

A 1992 graduate of Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, King received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2012 in recognition of her contributions to the legal profession and the community. King then graduated from Nova Southeastern University Law School, where she won the Feinrider Moot Court Competition, as well as various trial advocacy awards, for her oratory skills and courtroom presence. King lectures frequently on the topics of sex abuse defense, trial techniques, defending the mentally ill, mitigation and alternative sentencing issues, the Fourth Amendment, the Innocence Project, and women in the practice.

King is a past president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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