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Rita Flórez is an attorney at the Missouri State Public Defender in St. Louis County. Before going to law school, Rita worked as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer in Georgia and Missouri. Rita's interest in immigration consequences for immigrant clients and language access to non-native English speakers was sparked by her first job out of school as a staff writer for El Informador, a Spanish language weekly in Northwest Georgia. Rita is a University of Missouri School of Law graduate and has been a public defender for a year and a half.

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July 1, 2017: NAPD announces Save the Date for 2017 Workloads Institute, to be held at SLU Law School (St. Louis, MO) on November 10-11, 2017. More information coming soon!
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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.