Profile: josh.perry

Josh Perry is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights, a nonprofit law center that defends the right of Louisiana's children to fairness, dignity, and opportunity. LCCR's Children's Defense Team, which serves as the juvenile public defender's office in New Orleans, is a 2013 winner of the National Juvenile Defender Center's award for excellence in juvenile defense. Before joining LCCR, Josh was General Counsel and Counsel for Special Litigation at the Orleans Public Defenders, where his work was supported by a Soros U.S. Justice Fellowship. Josh is a member of the Children's Code Committee of the Louisiana State Law Institute and a frequent trainer, teacher, and presenter on juvenile justice and criminal law topics. He graduated from New York University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif, and from Harvard College. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, Anna VanCleave, and their daughters Miriam and Alexandra.




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.


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