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Lauri Zobrack is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator who has been a criminal defense / public defender investigator throughout her entire career. A 1987 graduate of Ripon College, she stumbled upon her career as an investigator while taking some time off between college and law school. Lauri and her husband Brian went on to own Able Investigations in Racine, Wisconsin for 10 years before becoming full time public defender investigators with the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office in the mid-1990’s. While in the private sector, Lauri’s investigative experience consisted of mostly public defense contract work. Lauri was hired as an investigator in the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office (4th District) in Minneapolis in 1999. In 2001 she was promoted to Investigator Supervisor and presently supervises a team of 12 investigators, a paralegal and interns. Lauri has been active on statewide training committees and has been a long time faculty member at the Minnesota Public Defender Trial Advocacy Institute. In 2010 she was the recipient of the Hennepin County Customer Service Award and in 2013 she was awarded the State of Minnesota Board of Public Defense Employee of the Year award.

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    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.

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    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