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Geoff Burkhart is an attorney and project director at the American Bar Association, where he works to improve indigent criminal defense systems. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago. He previously served as a law clerk to Justice James Epstein of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District. He also worked for four years as an Assistant Appellate Defender. In law school, Geoff served as Editor in Chief of the DePaul Law Review and as an extern to Justice Anne Burke of the Illinois Supreme Court. Geoff has published several articles in the CBA Record, where he is a member of the editorial board, and the Illinois Bar Journal, where he twice received the Lincoln Legal Writing Award. Degrees B.A., Xavier University, 2000M.A., Loyola University Chicago, 2002J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 2008

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On December 28, 2016, NAPD published its Open Letter to Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro for his prosecution of Orleans Public Defender investigator Taryn Blume. A bedrock principle of our criminal justice system is that every citizen accused by the government of a crime starts with the benefit of the doubt – with a presumption that they are in fact innocent.  That right becomes meaningless if we do not uphold the equally important right of every citizen-accused defense team who fights for her cause; who digs for evidence of her innocence; who exposes the government when it hides that evidence.  The legitimacy of our criminal justice system depends upon defense lawyers and defense investigators doing their jobs, and doing them well, without fear of reprisal from a prosecutor acting more like a bully than the champion of truth and justice he is supposed to be.

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Last Chance to Register! The NAPD Executive Leadership Institute (ELI-2017) is almost full will will be held from 3:00 pm on April 2 through 11:45 am on April 5, 2017 at the Department of Public Advocacy training facility in Frankfort, KY. You can see more information and registration details HERE