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Beginning November 30, 2016, Chantá Parker will be the Special Counsel for New Initiatives at the Innocence Project where she will lead the development of strategies to use the unique lens of innocence to address three problems: racial bias in the criminal justice system; the growing crisis in indigent defense and how this inflated system forces even the innocent to plead guilty to misdemeanors. Chantá leaves her assignment as a Supervising Attorney in the Criminal Defense Practice of the Legal Aid Society. Previously, Chantá was a staff attorney with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and the Orleans Public Defenders. Chantá is a graduate of Spelman College and the New York University School of Law. Currently, Chantá serves on the board of the Law Alumni of Color Association of the NYU School of Law and will join the board of the Essie Justice Group in January 2017. Chantá also serves as a trainer with Gideon’s Promise. Chantá uses music to sooth her soul and energize her body for the journey.

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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