Why Volunteer?

You are an NDIA Member because someone volunteered. Even though you pay dues and conference fees, this organization exists only because there are individuals who are willing to dedicate their time and effort to make it happen. These volunteers have a vision for what the world of indigent criminal defense investigation can be. Why not join us and help build a better world for ourselves and our clients.

A different world cannot be built by indifferent people. – Nelson Mandela

The NDIA structure exists for the good...the good of our organization, the good of our members, and ultimately, the good of our clients. The NDIA teaches, trains, informs, and engages its members for the higher purpose of defending the poor. And our members, by the very nature of their job and the size of their hearts, are known for doing more any given day of the week, not because they have to, but because they want to. So why not take the next step and volunteer?

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. – Elizabeth Andrew

Most NDIA volunteer positions fall within committees. This positions vary widely in the amount of time they consume; some require very little, while others require quite a bit. There are a wide variety of committees on which to serve, so chances are, there’s a committee tailored just for you.

NDIA Committees

  • Awards
  • Bylaws
  • Conference
  • Membership
  • Merchandise
  • Newsletter
  • Scholarships
  • Social Media
  • Sponsors
  • Standards of Practice
  • Website

Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

There’s a line you cross when you volunteer—a line for the good—and no matter how hard you try, you cannot help but gain something from crossing it. You no longer exist just for yourself only, but for the greater good. Others look at you in a different way. And the greatest part about volunteering is that anyone can do it.

If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.― Dr. Seuss

The very first year I joined the NDIA, I became an NDIA volunteer. It’s been a blast. Some of the most enjoyable moments of my career I have shared with other NDIA members. In fact, NDIA volunteers are some of the greatest people I have ever known. Please consider joining us.!

To become an NDIA Volunteer, please contact:

JanMarie O'Connell
NDIA Executive Director

Phone: (760) 290-3909
Fax: (760) 888-1903
Email: nationaldefender@gmail.com