Profile: deja.vishny

Deja Vishny is an attorney who practices with the Wisconsin State Public Defender Office in Milwaukee Wisconsin. She is the head of the statewide homicide practice group, and the Deputy Training Director for the Wisconsin State Public Defender. She joined the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon Georgia in 1998 and lectures at criminal defense and public defender seminars throughout the United States. She is an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School where she teaches trial advocacy. She has also taught trial skills in India, and was a guest lecturer at a Harvard Law School class, “The American Prosecutor”. Ms. Vishny attended the Reid School on Interrogation and published articles in The Champion and The Wisconsin Defender on cross examining police interrogators. She co-chaired the false confession program at the inaugural session of the National Forensic College at Cardozo Law School in June 20Ms. Vishny is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and previously served on the board of the State Bar of Wisconsin Criminal Law Section. She is a 2015 recipient of the David Niblack award by the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, which recognizes outstanding contributions to indigent defense in Wisconsin. Her most recent article in The Champion is “Is it really a Homicide: Working with and Crossing the Pathologist in a Gunshot case”. She is the author of Suppressing Criminal Evidence, published by James Publishing Company in 2016; the book is available for purchase at defenders may use discount code SCE30PD at checkout to receive a 30% discount off the list price).

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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 

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.