What is the role of the Network's Legal Defense Fund?
The purpose of the Network’s Legal Defense Fund is to provide legal defense support to Network members after a self-defense incident. This support is supplied in two different ways.
First, the Network will forward up to $10,000 to the member’s attorney at the request of the member after a self-defense incident. This money is intended to ensure a member has legal representation immediately after an incident.
Secondly, if the member is charged with a crime or sued civilly and needs additional money for his or her legal defense, then the member can ask for additional funding. One of the purposes of the Network Advisory Board consisting of Massad Ayoob, John Farnam, Jim Fleming, Tom Givens, Emanuel Kapelsohn and Dennis Tueller is to review these cases and advise the Network leadership as to the merits of the case so a funding decision can be made. This is necessary to make sure the Network is not using the Legal Defense Fund to help defend acts that are not consistent with the Network’s mission.
Network Advisory Board Comprised of Industry Luminaries
Lending their knowledge and expertise as advisors to the Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network, Inc. are industry leaders Massad Ayoob, John Farnam, Jim Fleming, Tom Givens, Emanuel Kapelsohn and Dennis Tueller. Short biographical sketches of each follow, though it is difficult to completely convey the depth of experience represented on the board.
The Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Fund generates income from a number of essential sources, including an allocation of 25% of all Network membership dues and renewals, plus 100% of corporate donations, estate and bequest gifts, and personal contributions.
A portion is automatically deducted from each member’s dues and deposited in the Legal Defense Fund’s account. Network members are entitled to case review by one of the Network experts and have access to contact information for Network-affiliated attorneys and expert witnesses.