• NAPD celebrates public defense and public defenders - lawyers and all professions essential to public defense delivery - through National Public Defense Week, 2017. Graphic (c) Celia Givens

  • Valparaiso Executive Leadership Institute participant Kira Fonteneau, hard at work. Photo (c) Lorinda Youngcourt, King County Dept. of Public Defense

  • San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi leads a protest in response to police killings in the Bay area. Photo (c) Jeff Adachi 

  • Melody Dernocoeur, a member of the Shelby County Public Defender's Office, describes being a public defender. Graphic (c) Celia Givens 

  • Public defenders call attention to excessive caseloads as they organize for increased funding in Baton Rouge, LA. Photo (c) Travis Spalding/The Advocate

  • Paralegal Roz Porter assists a client during the Hamilton County (OH) Public Defender's twice-a-month Fresh Start Expungement Clinic.

  • Public Defender Mark Plaisance argues Montgomery v. Louisiana before the United States Supreme Court. Image (c) Art Lien/www.courtartist.com

  • Public defenders arrive at Central Booking to serve those arrested during Baltimore's unrest. Photo (c) Katie D'adamo, Maryland Office of Public Defense

April 16, 2017: 60 Minutes' Anderson Cooper features the Orleans Public Defenders and NAPD General Counsel in a substantive segment about public defenders' excessive workloads, pervasive injustice, and the obligation of defenders to resist the "conveyer belt" of mass-incarceration. You can watch HERE 

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