Archive December 2017

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My Sincere Thanks

In May of 1980 I was admitted to the Bar in Tennessee, hung out my shingle and started taking appointed cases in Knoxville. I entered this criminal defense world admiring a great defense attorney named Bob Ritchie.

The Shortsighted, Misguided Firings of Santa Clara Deputy Sheriffs

Four Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Deputies were recently fired for attending a party hosted by a former colleague previously convicted of a felonies (child molestation, fraud).  The deputies apparently violated a local rule (not law) prohibiting officers from associating with known felons while off duty.


In our local Knoxville Bar Association publication, DICTA, (October 2017) a highly regarded local criminal defense attorney, Ann Short, wrote an article on cussing, revealing that she was a prolific “cusser.” 

State Action with Ash Kalra

California State Assemblymember Ash Kalra on Aider & Abettor.

NAPD Launches Mentors Program

As part of our overall efforts to strengthen the quality of public defense delivery systems, the Systems Builders Committee has established a Mentors Program for Executive and Manager Leadership. This program is available to any new or veteran public defense leader who seeks a mentor to address professional and personal challenges in creating or enhancing a client-centered best practice public defense program.

Public Defender Statement on Garcia Zarate Verdict

Mr. Garcia Zarate is extremely relieved by today’s verdict.  The untimely death of Kate Steinle was a horrible tragedy. That tragedy was compounded when it was used as political fodder for then candidate Donald Trump’s anti-immigration agenda. 




November 29, 2017: NAPD has just opened regsitration for two new live trainings. The 2018 NAPD Investigators Conference and 2018 Social Workers & Sentencing Advocates Institute is now open for registration. These trainings will be help March 26-29, 2018 in Denver, CO. Discounted tuition for members and early registrants. To register, click HERE

November 28, 2017: NAPD has uploaded videos of the presentations from the 2017 NAPD Workloads Conference in St. Louis (held November 17-18). Members can access these valuable presentations on MyGideon by logging into their NAPD account.

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 the compelling segment HERE 

On March 18, 2017 - the 54th anniversary of the Gideon v. Wainright decision - NAPD published its Foundational Principles, which are recommended to NAPD members and other persons and organizations interested in advancing the cause of equal justice for accused persons.