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Two cases.  Both sex cases.  One involved a student, a woman who had been raped.  She had been drunk during the incident. The defendant pled guilty to what he had done.

How We Represent Those People

Rod O'Conner joins us in our first podcast of 2018 to discuss several things (including THAT question).

NAPD Writes "Dear Colleague" Letter to Attorney General Sessions

NAPD members represent thousands of indigent clients across the country and have seen poor people struggle with crippling criminal justice debt in the form of court fees and taxes.

Michael Barrett, Missouri Public Defender, Joins NAPD Steering Committee

Learn more about the latest NAPD Steering Committee member, Michael Barrett!

Know Someone on Rikers?

Rikers has a lack of heat and inmates there, including many who are awaiting or still undergoing trial and therefore haven't been found guilty, are in desperate need of winter clothing. Read how you can assist Brookyln Defender Services help.

Gideon Day is Coming!

The 55th anniversary of Gideon v Wainright is coming up! Heather Hall discusses what you can do to mark this important milestone.

Utah IDC Director Joanna Landau Joins NAPD Steering Committee

“That’s doesn’t sound easy.” “Did you really hate your last job?” “Is that even possible?” “Finally!" These are the things I hear when I tell people I am the first Director of the Utah Indigent Defense Commission (UIDC), the state’s first effort to consider its indigent defense responsibilities.

Doug Wilson, Colorado State Public Defender, Joins NAPD Steering Committee

After graduating from the University of Cincinnati School of Law in 1981,  I started as a baby PD in Pueblo, Colorado in January of 1982.  I handled a misdemeanor and juvenile docket.  There were 5 attorneys in the office at the time and I quickly began handling all level of felonies as well (except death penalty cases). 

What happens when you talk to 8th graders about public defense?

Sajid and Avi speak to 8th graders about public defense, clients, justice, and more in the final Aider & Abettor podcast of 2017.

Lorinda Youngcourt Joins NAPD Steering Committee

The King County Department of Public Defense was born of public defender litigation for pay and benefit parity.  In 2013, four longstanding, respected non-profit public defense agencies’ employees were hired by the county and unified into one office. 
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.