• 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

  • Another class of public defense leaders around the country attend NAPD's annual Leadership Institute. Photo (c) Melanie Foote, Kentucky Department of Public Advcoacy

March 19, 2018: NAPD has released its 2017 Annual Report alongside the Public Defense/Gideon Celebrations occurring throughout the country. Click to download the 2017 Annual Report, 'Insisting, Resisting, Persisting'


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