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HERBERT DUZANT is a native New Yorker with more than 20 years of experience working as a criminal defense investigator, primarily in the areas of capital trial and capital habeas representation. Mr. Duzant started his career at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (project of the Vera Institute of Justice) before continuing on to the New York State Capital Defender Office (CDO), where he spent six years investigating trial cases on behalf of indigent capital defendants. Mr. Duzant arrived at the Nevada Federal Public Defender’s Capital Habeas Unit in 2004, where he currently works to this day assisting Nevada and California death row inmates in their federal capital habeas proceedings. Mr. Duzant has facilitated trainings and presentations on a variety of investigative, mitigation and team building topics. He’s currently serving as Conference Chair and West Area Director for the National Defender Investigator Association (NDIA) and develops training programs and events around the country. Mr. Duzant has extensive prior experience in private investigations and is licensed in New York, California and Nevada. Mr. Duzant is committed to client-centered practices and fulfilling the promise of Gideon v. Wainwright, which cannot be achieved without establishing ongoing and meaningful training opportunities for all Investigators, Mitigation Specialists and Paralegals in our national criminal defense community.

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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