The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) was formed in 1950 by local prosecutors as a central point to advance their causes and issues at national level. NDAA representatives regularly contact the members of Congress, department of justice, and other national associations. It is the largest and oldest professional organization representing criminal prosecutors in the world. NDAA aims at representing the views of prosecutors to influence federal and national policies and programs that impact law enforcement and prosecution.
The NDAA’s mission is “to be the voice of America’s prosecutors and to support their efforts to protect the rights and safety of the people.” The primary purpose of the NDAA is to foster and maintain the honor and integrity of the prosecuting attorneys of all titles in both large and small jurisdictions of the United States. The NDAA works to improve and facilitate the administration of justice, to promote the study and research of the law, the diffusion of knowledge and the continuing education of prosecuting attorneys, lawyers, law enforcement personnel, and other members of the interested public through various activities such as arranging seminars and fostering periodic conventions or meetings for the discussion and solution of legal problems affecting the public interest in the administration of justice. It causes the publishing and to distribution of addresses, reports, treatises, other literary works on legal subjects or other related subjects; and operates the training and education division of the corporation, which has been sponsored by the corporation since 1969. The NDAA also operates the training, research and development division of the corporation. The mission of the institute is to support the objectives of the NDAA by providing to state and local prosecutors knowledge, skills and support to ensure that justice is done and the public safety and rights of all are safeguarded. To accomplish this mission, the institute serves as a nationwide, interdisciplinary resource center for training, research, technical assistance, and publications reflecting the highest standards and cutting-edge practices of the prosecutorial profession.
The governing body of the NDAA consists of a board of directors made up of state directors appointed to the board by the current and past officers of the prosecuting associations of the states. Every year, the board chooses officers such as the president, president-elect, treasurer, assistant treasurer, secretary, assistant secretary, and ten vice-presidents to govern the NDAA. The outgoing president becomes the chairman of the board.
The NDAA’s members come from the offices of district attorneys, state attorneys, attorneys general and county and city prosecutors with responsibility for prosecuting criminal violations in every state and territory of the United States. The interests and concerns of the members of the NDAA are heard in the deliberations of the nation’s largest, primary and most influential organization of prosecuting attorneys. These concerns play a vital role in the formulation of national policy and legislation affecting prosecutors.
The NDAA’s “active” membership status is available to every district attorney, county solicitor, circuit solicitor, prosecuting attorney, county counsel, county attorney, municipal prosecutor, commonwealth’s attorney, solicitor general, district attorney general, attorney general, general counsel for any state or national organization representing counties or county official whose legal responsibilities match those of elected or appointed prosecutors. “Associate” membership status is available to any assistant or deputy in any of the offices mentioned above as well as any U.S. attorney, assistant U.S. attorney, all prosecutors’ support personnel, investigators, administrators, law students and interns, executive directors and training coordinators of offices providing statewide prosecution services, military prosecutors, international prosecutors and libraries. “Alumni” membership is available to any former member of the NDAA board of directors whose prosecutorial term of office has expired. “Former active / associate members or any individual who once held any of the offices or positions described in the active or associate categories. “Sustaining” membership status includes donors of funds to the NDAA which assist the association in furthering its objectives. The board of directors confirms sustaining membership. “Subscription” membership status is open to all employees of offices listed under the active membership classification who wish to subscribe to the association’s publications on an annual basis.
By being a member of the NDAA, a local prosecutor is provided with valuable insight through the comprehensive and varied trainings offered by the NDAA’s Education Division, the National College of District Attorneys and the National Advocacy Center and the research, development and technical arm of the NDAA, the American Prosecutors Research Institute. Members will receive The Prosecutor magazine, published six times a year and may receive continuing legal education (CLE) credits at the NDAA Summer Conference, National College of District Attorneys courses, National Conference on Juvenile Justice, Trial advocacy training courses at the National Advocacy Center and many other specialized prosecution training opportunities through APRI. All members of the NDAA will be notified of the availability and discounted prices of professional publications.
The NDAA is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, along with the training, research and development division. The training and education division and the National Advocacy Center are located in Columbia, South Carolina.
44 Canal Center Plaza,
Suite 110,Alexandria, VA 22314