Archive January 2018

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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. 

Tony Serra to Represent Garcia Zarata on Federal Gun Charges

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who was found not guilty in the death of Kate Steinle, will be represented by renowned San Francisco attorney J. Tony Serra on federal gun charges.

LifeSavers in My Pocket

As I stood in court, I slid my hand into the gray, wool suit jacket pocket, pulled out the hidden treasure inside: a quarter pack of Life Savers. Unearthing the colorful hard candy catapulted me back to a year prior, sitting in court aside my first homicide trial client, Mr. G, at defense counsel table in Santa Clara County Department 35.

The Passion Drain: Salaries So Low Even the Dedicated Can't Stay

Damon Preston talks salaries, cogs in the wheel, and the heartbreaking truth in "The Passion Drain: Salaries So Low Even the Dedicated Can't Stay" in the latest blog post.
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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.