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. 




January 23, 2018: In response to US Attorney General Jeff Session's reversal of prior policy on the imposition of fines and fees for criminal defendants, NAPD submitted the following letter on behalf of the public defender community. You can read the letter HERE

January 17, 2018: The 2018 NAPD Investigators Conference and 2018 Social Workers & Sentencing Advocates Institute (March 26-29, 2018 in Denver, CO) are now at full capacity and closed for registration. A wait list is being developed.

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.