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Matt Foley has been the Chief Public Defender for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church since 2010. He joined the Office of the Public Defender in 2005 as a Deputy Public Defender, after thirteen years of private practice in Arlington County. He received his J.D. from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law in 1992. In 1989, he received a B.A. with academic distinction from Binghamton University, having majored in philosophy and minored in religious studies. He co-founded the Debate team while at Binghamton. Matt currently serves on the board of directors for the Arlington County Community foundation, Friends of Argus and Aurora House, the Virginia Criminal Justice Committee and the Arlington Mental Health Criminal Justice Review Committee. He periodically teaches a criminal law clinic for Catholic University, Columbus School of Law and frequently lectures and participates in panel discussions about the criminal justice system.

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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 17-18, 2017. 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.