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Profile: jeff.sherr

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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January 23, 2018: In response to US Attorney General Jeff Session's reversal of prior policy on the imposition of fines and fees for criminal defendants, NAPD submitted the following letter on behalf of the public defender community. You can read the letter HERE
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January 17, 2018: The 2018 NAPD Investigators Conference and 2018 Social Workers & Sentencing Advocates Institute (March 26-29, 2018 in Denver, CO) are now at full capacity and closed for registration. A wait list is being developed.
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November 28, 2017: NAPD has uploaded videos of the presentations from the 2017 NAPD Workloads Conference in St. Louis (held November 17-18). Members can access these valuable presentations on MyGideon by logging into their NAPD account.
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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.