Robert S. Toale

Member, Board of Directors at National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Robert S. Toale

Robert S. Toale

Member, Board of Directors at National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Robert S. Toale is an attorney in private practice in Gretna, LA. He received his undergraduate degree in 1975 from Tulane University and his juris doctor in 1982 from Loyola University New Orleans.

Robert has been defending individuals accused of criminal offenses since he graduated from law school. He has worked as a public defender in juvenile court and district court and as a private practitioner. Since beginning his legal career, Robert has sat first chair in over one hundred jury trials.

Robert has also worked tirelessly to represent the interests of defendants facing capital offenses. He is certified by the Louisiana Public Defender Board as lead counsel in Louisiana death-eligible cases. Over his career, Robert has represented approximately twenty clients in state and federal court accused of capital crimes.

Robert was the 2014 President of the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. He is a graduate of the Trial Lawyers College, the National Criminal Defense College, and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He is a member of the New Orleans Bar Association, the Jefferson Bar Association, the Louisiana Association for Justice, the Federal Bar Association, the Alliance for Good Government, the American Civil Liberties Union, and a member of the indigent defense committee of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. He has earned a perfect 10/10 rating on lawyer directory Avvo and was recently named as a Louisiana Super Lawyer for 2014.

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Former President at National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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President-Elect at National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Director of Public Defense Reform & Training at National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Partner at Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice LLP

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Treasurer, Board of Directors at National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Member, Board of Directors at National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Member, Board of Directors at National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) encourages, at all levels of federal, state and local government, a rational and humane criminal justice policy for America -- one that promotes fairness for all; due process for even the least among us who may be accused of wrongdoing; compassion for witnesses and victims of crime; and just punishment for the guilty. Such a policy respects cherished civil rights and liberties that are fundamental to our democracy. Citizens have a right to expect privacy in their homes, vehicles, and communications; a right not to be deprived of their liberty or property without due process of law; and a right to consult counsel of their choice without it being used against them. America fought for and declared its independence to preserve these rights, and our Founding Fathers inscribed them into the Constitution. But the past decade's much-heralded "War on Drugs" and crackdown on crime has become a war on ourselves. It has run roughshod over these and other essential rights that citizens across the nation hold dear. Equally important, a rational and humane crime policy must focus on the social and economic benefits of crime prevention -- through education, economic opportunity, and rehabilitation of former offenders. As a society, we need to eschew such simplistic, expensive, and ineffective "solutions" as inflexible mandatory sentencing, undue restriction of meritorious appeals, punishment of children as adults, and the erosion of the constitutional rights of all Americans because of the transgressions of a few.

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