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Andre serves as a trial lawyer and Training Director. He has created new and innovative programs designed to help attorneys develop legal skills; confidence in their abilities; and inspire lawyers to serve as client–centered, relentless advocates. He has developed programs designed for new attorneys as they start their careers as public defenders, as well as advanced trial skills programs for more experienced lawyers. His programs have been well received and are being replicated in other areas of the state and country. In the past two years he has assisted the Montana Office of the State Defender and the Missouri State Public Defender’s Office in developing a Defending a Child Sex Case to train attorneys in their state. As a trial lawyer, Andre carries a full caseload representing individuals charged with Violent Felonies and Major Drug Crimes. He has significant trial experience having litigated more than 90 jury trials, developing an expertise in defending sex cases and challenging DNA evidence. Andre is on the faculty of Gideon’s Promise (gideonspromise.org); the Bronx Defenders Trial Academy; the Louisiana Public Defender Training Institute; the Litigation and Persuasion Institute (Kentucky); the King County Public Defender (Seattle, WA) Litigation Training Academy; Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Institute Trial Advocacy Workshop, and Legal Aid Society’s (NYC) DNA Defense College. He is both a presenter and frequent blog contributor for the National Association of Public Defense (publicdefenders.us). Andre is a former Board Member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NYSACDL), where he continues to serve as the Chair of the Indigent Defense Committee as well as a member of the CLE Committee. He also serves as a member of the Indigent Defense Committee for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). Due to his passion and commitment to client–centered representation, Andre has received the Kevin Andersen Award by the New York State Defender’s Association (NYSDA) and the Denison Ray Award by the New York State Bar Association. In addition to his legal accomplishments, Andre has finished sixteen marathons.

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  • Location: Special Assistant Public Defender, Monroe County Public Defender Office (Rochester, NY)
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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