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Tejas Bhatt is an Assistant Public Defender in Hartford, CT. A public defender since 2003, he has defended individuals charged with the most serious crimes in trial courts, represented individuals in post-conviction proceedings and on appeal to the Appellate and Supreme Courts. He has trained other public defenders and testified before various legislative committees on criminal justice legislation. In addition, he is on the executive board of the CT Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association and has written extensively on criminal justice issues.In his spare time, he likes to read legal opinions. He blogs at criminalopinions.wordpress.com and is on Twitter @tejasxb.

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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.