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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.
    •  I got back in the car, turned off the hazards and drove to basketball. I had missed the first game. In those moments waiting for the next one, I reflected on the pigeon. The pigeon was my clients. My clients, like the pigeon, externally brute and brash, putting walls up as defense mechanisms while the criminal (in)justice system swirls and closes around them. My clients, alone in the cross-hairs of mass incarceration machine, in need of their public defender to stop for them, to slow traffic, to protect them from being crushed beneath the weight of the government.
    • [San Francisco Public Defender Jeff] Adachi said the case illustrates the importance of a thorough investigation. “Mr. Ryan lost six years of freedom simply because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Adachi said. “He is now free to go home to his children and pursue his dreams thanks to a public defender investigator and attorney who were willing to look for additional witnesses to clear his name.”
    • Being poor is hard. Contact with the criminal justice system is traumatic. Community service is an effective strategy to limit the consequences of both, but like anything, it requires innovation, sensitivity and client-by-client attention. I am curious if public defender offices ever get involved with designing community service opportunities that meaningfully serve their clients, build community bridges and encourage a client-centered justice system?

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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.