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David Rudovsky is a founding partner of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg, LLP. He has practiced in the civil rights and criminal defense fields for forty-five years, including cases on police and governmental misconduct, prisoners’ rights, first amendment freedoms, and racial discrimination. He has argued two significant civil rights cases in the United States Supreme Court: Mitchell v. Forsyth (1985) (immunity of Attorney General for illegal electronic surveillance) and City of Canton v. Harris (1989) (liability of municipalities for civil rights violations by police) and has litigated hundreds of other civil rights and criminal cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Since 1987, Mr. Rudovsky has been a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law where he teaches courses in Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, and Evidence. He has been selected by the student body as the Law School’s Best Teacher four times. Mr. Rudovsky has written a number of practice books for civil rights and criminal cases. These include Police Misconduct: Law & Litigation and The Law of Arrest, Search and Seizure in Pennsylvania. In addition, he has written a number of scholarly articles in law reviews on civil rights and the criminal justice system. In 1986, Mr. Rudovsky was a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for his work in Criminal Justice.

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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.  

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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.