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Fred Friedman has been an attorney since 1972, a public defender in Minnesota since February 1, 1973, and a professor since 1975. He was born and raised in Chicago and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Fred moved to Duluth, Minnesota in March of 1964 and graduated from Duluth Denfeld High School in 1965. He attended the University of Minnesota, Duluth from 1965 to 1969 where he graduated magna cum laude. He earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Minnesota Law School where he graduated in 1972. He then returned to Duluth where he practiced as a full time public defender from 1973 to 1977 and as a part time defender with a private practice specializing in criminal defense and representing professionals in front of licensing boards from 1977 to 1992. Fred served as the Chief Public Defender of Minnesota's Sixth District (northeastern Minnesota) from the spring of 1986 till April of 2014 and is Minnesota's longest serving chief defender in history. Fred has written many articles on trial skills and public defender leadership. He has taught at schools and seminars for the public and private criminal bar and others in Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, Washington D.C., West Virginia, and Wisconsin, as well as the U.K., France, Germany, and Singapore. In addition to being an attorney and career public defender, Fred is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota, Duluth where he has taught since 1975. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the School of Medicine. He is also a member of the faculty of the Minnesota Judicial College, the National Public Defender Trial School at the University of Dayton, the University of North Carolina School of Government Trial School, the Penn State School of Law Trial School and for may years taught at the Minnesota Public Defender Trial School at St. Thomas University. He has often been selected as one of Minnesota's Super Lawyers. He has enjoyed an "av" lawyer rating for over 30 years. He has won several outstanding teacher awards and was elected to his alma mater's (Duluth Denfeld High School) hall of fame. His legal awards include being selected as recipient of the 1995 Jack J. Litman Social Justice Award. In 1996 he received the Minnesota Public Attorney of the year. Award. In 2013 he was presented with the prestigious Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Chief Justice Douglass Amdahl Public Attorney Career Achievement Award and the Duluth Bethel Lifetime Achievement award for Community service. Fred also co-hosts a radio show on Public Radio throughout Northern Minnesota alternately entitled "Fool Fred" or "The Sports Page."

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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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