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Stephen spent the past decade creating and directing the Innocence Project’s Policy Department. While there, he developed a partnership on state and federal advocacy efforts between the Innocence Project and national Innocence Network called the Innocence Policy Network. By communicating with government officials, partnering with stakeholders, advocating in legislatures, advancing litigation strategies, and educating the media and the public about needed reforms, the Innocence Project and Innocence Network member organizations enacted over 100 reforms in states across the nation, as well as federal reforms and program funding. Stephen first pursued nationwide criminal justice reform goals when he launched the State Legislative Network for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Stephen had previously been a Regulatory Affairs Consultant for Public Citizen in Washington, D.C., and Executive Director of the nascent Criminal Justice Policy Coalition in Boston. The latter was housed within the offices of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, where he also served as an Intake Attorney. Stephen’s first professional advocacy work came as a contract lobbyist for Betty Gallo & Co., where he represented progressive organizations ranging from the Connecticut AIDS Action Council to the American School for the Deaf, Legal Services of Connecticut and many more before the Connecticut Legislature. While lobbying in Connecticut, Stephen also earned his law degree at The University of Connecticut School of Law. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

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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