Profile: paula.davis.laack

Paula is an internationally-published writer, recovering lawyer, and a burnout and resilience expert who has taught and coached burnout prevention and resiliency skills to thousands of professionals across the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. She is the Founder and CEO of the Davis Laack Stress & Resilience Institute, a practice devoted to creating thriving organizations and helping professionals manage stress, prevent burnout, and build resilience. Paula was named a Top 10 Online Influencer in the area of stress by Sharecare, a Dr. Oz website. Her articles on stress, burnout prevention, resilience and work/life balance have been internationally-published and are prominently featured on her blogs on U.S. News & World Report, Huffington Post and Psychology Today. In addition, her writing has been translated into French, Norwegian, Italian, and Swedish and has appeared in the leading online women’s publication in Australia.




On March 18, 2017 - the 54th anniversary of the Gideon v. Wainright decision - NAPD published its Foundational Principleswhich are recommended to NAPD members and other persons and organizations interested in advancing the cause of equal justice for accused persons.  


On March 2, 2017, NAPD released its Statement on Reducing Demand For Public Defense: Alternatives to Traditional Prosecution Can Reduce Defender Workload, Save Money, and Reduce RecidivismThere are more than 2 million people in jail and prison in the United States. This is a four-fold increase since 1980. This increase and the racial disproportionality among incarcerated people has led to alliances across the political spectrum to address the impact on people and on budgets.  As the new Coalition for Public Safety has put it, “Our country has an ‘overcriminalization’ problem and an ‘overincarceration’ problem — and it’s getting worse." NAPD authored this statement because there is a great opportunity to make transformative changes that can improve justice and save money.  A variety of organizations representing a wide spectrum of political views have joined together to end the systematic problem of overcriminalization and narrow the net of incarceration by reforming criminal codes.