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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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July 1, 2017: NAPD announces Save the Date for 2017 Workloads Institute, to be held at SLU Law School (St. Louis, MO) on November 17-18, 2017. Click HERE for a brochure with details and faculty!
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April 16, 2017: 60 Minutes' Anderson Cooper features the Orleans Public Defenders and NAPD General Counsel in a substantive segment about public defenders' excessive workloads, pervasive injustice, and the obligation of defenders to resist the "conveyer belt" of mass-incarceration. You can watch the compelling segment HERE 

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On March 18, 2017 - the 54th anniversary of the Gideon v. Wainright decision - NAPD published its Foundational Principles, which are recommended to NAPD members and other persons and organizations interested in advancing the cause of equal justice for accused persons.