Profile: jill.paperno

Jill Paperno is the second assistant public defender for the Monroe County Public Defender's Office in Rochester, New York. She has represented indigent defendants with the Public Defender's Office for twenty-seven years, handling primarily violent felonies and drug offenses. She has tried many cases over the years, including sex offenses and homicides. Ms. Paperno has trained and supervised staff attorneys for seventeen years, and assisted in developing the training program for her office. She is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education events, lecturing on topics ranging from "The Nuts and Bolts of Criminal Defense" to "Strategies for Cross-Examining the Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome Expert." She is a contributor to the New York Criminal Defense Blog at In 2010 Ms. Paperno was awarded the Monroe County Public Defender's Office Jeffrey A. Jacobs award for outstanding trial work. In 2011 she was named a Rochester Daily Record Leader in Law and awarded the Daily Record Nathaniel Award. In 2012 her book, "Representing the Accused - A Practical Guide to Criminal Defense" was published.

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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.


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