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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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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.