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Professor Gross joined the University of Alabama School of Law faculty in 2014. He received a J.D. from Hofstra University College of Law. Prior to joining the Alabama faculty, Professor Gross was Indigent Defense Counsel for The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a visiting assistant professor of law and acting director of the Syracuse University College of Law’s Criminal Defense Clinic. Before embarking on his teaching and clinical career, he was a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society in New York City in the Criminal Defense Division. Professor Gross directs the Criminal Defense Clinic.

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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