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Emily Coward joined the School of Government’s Indigent Defense Education team in 2012. Previously, she served as a law clerk for Judge James Robertson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and for Justice Thembile Skweyiya of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Additionally, as a staff attorney with North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, she represented clients in civil and post-conviction matters. As a student at Duke University School of Law, she served as lead articles editor for Law and Contemporary Problems and received the faculty award for outstanding achievement in criminal law and procedure. She is co-author of Raising Issues of Race in North Carolina Criminal Cases, for which she received the Margaret Taylor Writing Award in 2015. Coward earned a BA from Oberlin College and a JD magna cum laude from Duke University School of Law.

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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.