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 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