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    "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." -Thomas Jefferson
    • Read an NAPD interview with member Amy Campanelli, the newly appointed leader of the Cook County Public Defender's Office in Chicago, IL. The interview records Amy's goals, challenges and immediate priorities. This interview supplements an interview done by Geoffrey Burkhart for the ABA, which was published in the July/August issue of the CBA Record.
    •   Mullenix v. Luna – Denial of ‘qualified immunity’ requires clearly established precedent that particular conduct is prohibited... A police officer who shot at a fleeing car in an attempt to disable it, but who killed the driver, was entitled to qualified immunity from suit, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled November 9 in Mullenix v. Luna. Justice Sotomayor was alone in dissenting.
    •  In the more than four months since I first met MB’s mother, this was the first time we were able to smile about her son’s case. It was nice to be able to bring her a certain amount of joy because of how deeply she stands by and loves her son in spite of the fact that he has been involved with the criminal courts for the vast majority of his life. This day was the first time since we first met her that I was able to provide her with “good news”. In criminal defense, especially when you handle primarily violent felonies, “good news” is a relative term.
    • Why wasn’t I seeing the matter more as a criminal defense lawyer, empathizing more with the lawyers defending the police rather than rooting for justice for the victims? It occurs to me that being a public defender is more than being a criminal defense lawyer.

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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.

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    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.

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    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.