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Profile: sarah.turberville

Sarah E. Turberville is Senior Counsel of the Criminal Justice Program at The Constitution Project in Washington, D.C. In this position, Sarah coordinates the organization’s public education and advocacy efforts with respect to a variety of matters relating to the criminal justice system - such as indigent defense, the death penalty, habeas corpus in state criminal cases, wrongful convictions, and sentencing. Previously, Sarah worked for over five years as the Director of the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Due Process Review Project and has also served as adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland, teaching a course on the death penalty. She previously worked as an assistant public defender for the State of Maryland, representing indigent defendants at trial and on special dockets for clients raising issues of competency to stand trial and lack of criminal responsibility. Sarah represented individuals wrongfully incarcerated during and after Hurricane Katrina and she also served as a law clerk to the defense bar in the Hague, assisting in the representation of members of the Kosova Liberation Army before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Sarah is a graduate of Tulane Law School and is a member of the Maryland Bar.

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November 1, 2017: NAPD closes registration and has sold out its 2017 Workloads Conference, to be held at SLU Law School (St. Louis, MO) on November 17-18, 2017. This Institute will be recorded and available to members after the event. 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.