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    "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." -Thomas Jefferson
    • In 20 years, I believe we will look back on these times as the beginning of the new age of public defense. When we look at the strong, passionate, client–centered, and supportive public defense community that exists around the country, we will look at the groundbreaking work of these leaders who started to clear that path.
    • Tennessee has a grand tradition of holding almost every government function directly accountable to the electorate. However, a major structural flaw in how the state’s indigent defense budget is requested, defended and allocated between the state’s elected public defenders results in excessive caseloads and poor performance across the state. The 6AC exposes this flaw that results in the voting public in the state’s three most populous counties having almost no voice in the debate.

    • The Louisiana Campaign for Equal Justice is no longer testing the waters or reading the weather vane; we are stepping out to educate Louisiana’s citizens and elected leaders on why public defense matters. There is not much time remaining before Louisiana’s judicial districts face an unprecedented and expensive restriction of services.
    • I hope that the state truly recognizes that it has an obligation to ensure that all indigent defendants receive what it has agreed to provide in five counties. But until we see where the money is coming from and whether it will have a negative impact on the remaining fifty-seven counties, I’m going to be keeping that cork in the bottle.

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    Our community includes brilliant men and women with a diversity of specializations, interests, and experiences. NAPD is a collection of individuals dedicated to public defense and the right to counsel connecting directly to share knowledge, brainstorm challenges, and offer support.

    you're the expert

    No one understands public defense better than the thousands of men and women across the country who engage in the work on a daily basis. Through the unified voice of NAPD, we will at last claim our rightful position as experts regarding the right to counsel and the systems designed to provide that valuable right.

    stronger together

    The men and women who dedicate their professional lives to public defense must serve as the catalysts for change. Through NAPD, we will speak with one voice for our clients and their constitutional right to counsel.