Event Calendar

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Webinar: Strategizing About Resolution Without Trial in Capital Cases

Date(s): February 28, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM  EST - 1:00 PM  EST

Strategizing About Resolution Without Trial in Capital Cases

February 28, 2017 at 12:00 eastern (one hour)

Webinar Faculty: Celia Ouellette, Attorney, 8th Amendment Project

About the webinar: This training explores the topic of plea agreements in the context of capital cases.

About the Faculty: Celia Ouellette is a capital defense attorney licensed to practice in New York and California.  She received her undergraduate and Masters degrees from the University of Oxford. Celia works with the 8th Amendment Project and consults on pre-trial capital cases in thirteen states. Celia conducts trainings and lectures on team building, case management, plea negotiation and how to develop a relationship with the client. Formerly, Celia worked as a trial attorney in California before joining Reprieve as a Staff Attorney in 2012 where she focused on the organization’s involvement in US death penalty cases and consulted with European governments on international human rights law and practice.  She remains a Senior Consultant to Reprieve and enjoys continuing her role consulting with European governments who have nationals facing the death penalty in the US.


Webinar: Social Workers in Criminal Defense

Date(s): February 28, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM  EST - 3:00 PM  EST

Racial Justice Litigation

Webinar Faculty: Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender

November 21, 2016 at 12:00 eastern (120 minutes)

About the Webinar: With the shooting and killing of unarmed people of color, and the Black Lives Matter movement, racial justice in the criminal injustice system is now on the front burner. Public defenders and criminal defense attorneys have been at the forefront of advocating for racial justice, and against racial profiling, racism in bail settings, plea bargaining, jury selection and sentencing.

About the Faculty: Jeff Adachi, the elected Public Defender of San Francisco, has been lecturing throughout the country on how public defenders and defense attorneys can effective litigate racial justice issues in court. From the client interview, to jury selection, the charging process and plea bargaining, suppression motions and sentencing, if your client is convicted, Adachi provides step-by-step instruction on how to raise these issues in your case. Adachi also provides a 400 page book “Litigating Racial Justice” complete with a model selective prosecution motion, bail motions raising disparate impact on racial minorities, motions for extended voir dire questioning and challenging the jury panel for lack of minority representation, and sample cross-examinations. The book also includes “Blueprint for Racial Justice” designed by the National Association for Public Defense’s Racial Justice Committee, which designed the plan to assist public defender offices throughout the country in organizing themselves to fight for racial justice.

Webinar: Social Workers in Criminal Defense: Ethical Dilemmas

Date(s): February 28, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM  EST - 3:00 PM  EST

Social Workers in Criminal Defense: Ethical Dilemmas

Webinar Faculty: Sarah Buchanan, LCSW, Director of Social Services, Knox County Public Defender's Community Law Office

February 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm eastern (1 hour)

About the Webinar: As social workers are increasingly incorporated into criminal defense settings, unique challenges, particularly ethical issues, are emerging. This webinar, designed for social workers, examines ethical dilemmas in criminal defense settings and provides strategies for addressing them through analysis of current literature, legal opinions, and practice situations. Participants will gain understanding of: 1. The role of forensic social work in the criminal defense setting. 2. Ethical dilemmas that often arise in the criminal defense setting. 3. Strategies for addressing ethical dilemmas.

About the Faculty: Sarah Buchanan is the Director of Social Services at the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she worked in community mental health before joining the CLO staff as a Forensic Social Worker. Ms. Buchanan is also a PhD student at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work. Her research interests include forensic social work, program evaluation, and the impact of proactive and support-oriented social work intervention in public defense.

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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

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.

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.

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

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.