Profile: john.burkhart

John Burkhart is the Campaign Manager for the Louisiana Campaign for Equal Justice, an initiative dedicated to fair funding for Louisiana’s public defenders. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Miami University and Master’s degree in International Affairs from The New School University. After an initial concentration on international development, including projects in Namibia, Kenya, Malawi and Argentina, he has focused on domestic social and economic issues, including food access for inner city communities in New York. His decision to relocate to New Orleans to pursue criminal justice reform turned out to be a pretty good one.

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    NAPD News

    On December 28, 2016, NAPD published its Open Letter to Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro for his prosecution of Orleans Public Defender investigator Taryn Blume. A bedrock principle of our criminal justice system is that every citizen accused by the government of a crime starts with the benefit of the doubt – with a presumption that they are in fact innocent.  That right becomes meaningless if we do not uphold the equally important right of every citizen-accused defense team who fights for her cause; who digs for evidence of her innocence; who exposes the government when it hides that evidence.  The legitimacy of our criminal justice system depends upon defense lawyers and defense investigators doing their jobs, and doing them well, without fear of reprisal from a prosecutor acting more like a bully than the champion of truth and justice he is supposed to be.


    Last Chance to Register! The NAPD Executive Leadership Institute (ELI-2017) is almost full will will be held from 3:00 pm on April 2 through 11:45 am on April 5, 2017 at the Department of Public Advocacy training facility in Frankfort, KY. You can see more information and registration details HERE