Profile: pat.brayer

Patrick Brayer is a 28 year veteran of the Missouri State Public Defender System (MSPD) Trial Division and the Deputy District Defender (First Assistant) of the St. Louis County Trial Office. He is the former MSPD Coordinator of Law Students and Interns for the St. Louis region and is proud of his work in attracting hundreds of students to public defender service. Pat is the past creator and coordinator of many trial skill and new defender training experiences for the MSPD and has served on the faculty of public defender trial schools in both Missouri and Louisiana, including the prestigious Louisiana Public Defender Training Institute. His articles, essays and podcast have appeared online in the: University of Iowa law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, Fordham International Law Journal, National Association for Public Defense (NAPD) featured articles section and in print in: Earth Magazine, The National Law Journal, Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal, The Champion and the Journal of The Missouri Bar. His teaching materials on implicit bias and jury selection have been utilized by the American Bar Association, NAPD and discussed on the BBC series, “The Why Factor”. In 2017 his essay on "The Public Defender Experience" will be published in the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy. He is a frequent lecturer and presenter speaking on the subjects of: cross-examination, student practice, clinical legal education, Brady/Kyles, jury selection and combating hidden bias. Pat was selected as the 2016 Philip H. Corboy Lecturer on advocacy at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago where he discussed his research on juries in the digital age. He is a proud career long member of the public defender community.




On March 18, 2017 - the 54th anniversary of the Gideon v. Wainright decision - NAPD published its Foundational Principleswhich are recommended to NAPD members and other persons and organizations interested in advancing the cause of equal justice for accused persons.  


On March 2, 2017, NAPD released its Statement on Reducing Demand For Public Defense: Alternatives to Traditional Prosecution Can Reduce Defender Workload, Save Money, and Reduce RecidivismThere are more than 2 million people in jail and prison in the United States. This is a four-fold increase since 1980. This increase and the racial disproportionality among incarcerated people has led to alliances across the political spectrum to address the impact on people and on budgets.  As the new Coalition for Public Safety has put it, “Our country has an ‘overcriminalization’ problem and an ‘overincarceration’ problem — and it’s getting worse." NAPD authored this statement because there is a great opportunity to make transformative changes that can improve justice and save money.  A variety of organizations representing a wide spectrum of political views have joined together to end the systematic problem of overcriminalization and narrow the net of incarceration by reforming criminal codes.