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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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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.

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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