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Aaron Goldstein has been an attorney for over 15 years and is currently an attorney supervisor at the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender in the First Municipal Division. Before coming to the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, he was the founder of The Goldstein Firm, P.C., a criminal defense and civil rights firm in Chicago. Mr. Goldstein has handled all types of criminal federal and state cases and has tried hundreds of felony cases. Mr. Goldstein was the attorney for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and former Chicago Alderman and Cook County Commissioner William Beavers. He has also represented individuals arrested during the NATO and Occupy Chicago protests. Mr. Goldstein first began his career as an assistant public defender handling all types of state criminal cases as well as child protection cases. Mr. Goldstein is licensed to practice in Illinois and is a member of the Federal Trial Bar and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Federal Panel which is a select group of attorneys qualified to receive appointments to federal criminal cases. While Illinois had the death penalty, he was certified to handle capital cases as a member of the Illinois Capital Litigation Trial Bar. Mr. Goldstein graduated With Distinction from the University of Iowa, College of Law in 2000. At the University of Iowa, his journal article was published in the Journal of Gender, Race & Justice. Mr. Goldstein teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at North Park University and taught the trial advocacy team at the DePaul University College of Law. He has also spoken at various seminars and bar associations, law offices and universities. In 2016 Mr. Goldstein was elected Democratic Committeeman for the 33rd Ward in Chicago defeating 40-year incumbent Dick Mell.

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July 1, 2017: NAPD announces Save the Date for 2017 Workloads Institute, to be held at SLU Law School (St. Louis, MO) on November 17-18, 2017. Click HERE for a brochure with details and faculty!
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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.