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Joanna Landau has served the Utah Indigent Defense Commission as its first Director since October, 2016. She hit the ground sprinting in this job, and has not stopped: reaching out to many stakeholders, hiring staff, and surviving her first legislative session. Previously, Joanna worked as an appellate attorney with the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association, representing indigent defendants on appeal to the Utah Court of Appeals and Utah Supreme Court. She has also worked for Third District Court judges as an attorney law clerk to several civil and criminal judges in Salt Lake and Summit Counties. Joanna was the Chair of the Utah State Bar Appellate Practice Section from 2014-2016; she is on the programming committee for the 2016-2017 David K. Watkiss Sutherland II Inns of Court; she was a member and Vice President of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Young Alumni Board from 2013-2016; and has served in leadership with the Young Lawyer’s Division and Women Lawyers of Utah. Joanna is a 2006 graduate of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, and she holds a B.A. from Wellesley College. She grew up in Colorado but has called Utah home since 2003.

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January 23, 2018: In response to US Attorney General Jeff Session's reversal of prior policy on the imposition of fines and fees for criminal defendants, NAPD submitted the following letter on behalf of the public defender community. You can read the letter HERE
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January 17, 2018: The 2018 NAPD Investigators Conference and 2018 Social Workers & Sentencing Advocates Institute (March 26-29, 2018 in Denver, CO) are now at full capacity and closed for registration. A wait list is being developed.
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November 28, 2017: NAPD has uploaded videos of the presentations from the 2017 NAPD Workloads Conference in St. Louis (held November 17-18). Members can access these valuable presentations on MyGideon by logging into their NAPD account.
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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.