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Profile: melanie.oberlander

With her background in legal administration and technical implementations, Melanie Oberlander brings a unique point of view to the IT committee. Melanie's 11-year tenure at King County Department of Public Defense SCRAP Division has given her deep insights into the day-to-day operations that keep public defense organizations running behind the scenes, including staff development, transcription, business processes, statistical analysis and case management. Most recently, Melanie has served as a subject matter expert in the evaluation, adoption and deployment of LegalFiles, King County’s new digital case management system, to ensure single-source access to case documentation and increase the accuracy and completeness of all case-related files. Combining her technical expertise of the LegalFiles platform with her insider knowledge of the people and processes of public defense, Melanie has led in the development of strategic roll-out plans, technical documentation and training modules tailored to fit the specific needs and priorities of SCRAP. Under this leadership, Legal Files has grown from a single-office implementation to become the county's chosen provider for its integrated case management system. Melanie looks forward to sharing best practices and lessons learned from these experiences to her role as Co-Chair on the NAPD IT team.

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November 1, 2017: NAPD closes registration and has sold out its 2017 Workloads Conference, to be held at SLU Law School (St. Louis, MO) on November 17-18, 2017. This Institute will be recorded and available to members after the event. Click HERE for a brochure with details and faculty!
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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.