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Jeff Sherr is the Manager of the Education and Strategic Planning Branch of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy. Jeff has been with the DPA since 1994, starting first as a law clerk, then working with the Juvenile Post Dispositional Unit, then in the trial division with the Stanford Field Office, and now in Frankfort with the education staff. Jeff graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1995. Jeff is a faculty member for Gideon's Promise, the National Criminal Defense College, Clarence Darrow Death Penalty College, and other state litigation institutes. In addition to regularly training public defender litigators and trainers, Jeff has trained public defender leaders for nationally and for many individual defender states and offices. Jeff is the host of The National Association for Public Defense webinars producing over 40 sessions a years since 2013. He is the editor of the DPA’s online journal, The Advocate, The National Association for Public Defense Blog, and The Small Group Coaching Handbook: Tips and Techniques for Criminal Defense Education. Jeff also has an extensive background in theatre having studied with the National Shakespeare Conservatory and the University of Kansas.

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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