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Sarah Buchanan is the Director of Social Services at the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. Currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she worked in community mental health before joining the CLO staff as a Forensic Social Worker. Ms. Buchanan is a 3rd year PhD student at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work. Research interests include social work practice within public defense systems/models and the impact of proactive and support-oriented social work intervention on recidivism and life outcomes.

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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.