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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.
The last episode for 2017 of the Aider & Abettor Podcast is now up on iTunes, SoundCloud and other podcast platforms.

We recorded this episode in front of a live audience for the first time- 8th graders at Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto, CA.

Avi talked about representing a client named Edgar at a re-sentencing hearing after he had been previously sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for a murder conviction he suffered at 17 years old. Sajid shared portions of his recent closing argument at a transfer hearing where he advocated for his client, just 16 at the time of an accused murder, to remain in juvenile court rather than being prosecuted as an adult.

We then took several questions from the students about life as a #publicdefender, including representing guilty people, our definitions and conceptions of justice, dealing w/ prosecutors and why we chose this career:

Please listen and share!

https://soundcloud.com/user-139217541/mid-thirty-something-jump-street

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/aider-and-abettor-podcast/id1198837585?mt=2

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NAPD News

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.