Education Committee

NAPD's Education Committee is made up of public defender and assigned counsel leaders, staff and trainers. It creates and promotes effective education though in-person programs, webinars, blogs, podcasts, and written materials that are accessible to litigators, leaders, investigators, social workers, and mitigation specialists across the nation, and it co-sponsors programs offered by other organizations interested in indigent defense work. Committee members are set out below. Ed Monahan, Public Advocate for the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy is Chair. Bob Hill, Chief Public Defender for the Marion County Public Defender Agency in Indianapolis, IN, is Committee Vice-Chair.
 
The Education Committee organizes and facilitates many of NAPD's educational programs. To date, the NAPD Education Committee has facilitated over 110 online webinars from many of the country’s best trainers, all of which are archived on MyGideon, NAPD's Public Defense Library. In 2015, more than 2,500 members participated in the Education Committee webinars, and thousands more viewed these resources in the MyGideon archive. It is common for organizational members to view these webinars as an office, as part of an extended training program. NAPD is a presumptive CLE provider in Alaska and West Virginia, and many members make successful applications for CLE credit through their local Bar Associations. A recent compilation of NAPD webinars is available HERE 
 
The Education Committee also coordinates a special workgroup to develop the annual NAPD Leadership Institute and a Death Penalty Subcommittee, which coordinates capital resources for practitioners around the country and, as appropriate, makes relevant mitigation resources available to non-capital advocates.

The Education Committee meets the third Monday of each month. Committee members engage the NAPD community to contribute training and training materials through live webinars and resources archived MyGideon. Current info on upcoming events can be found on the Events page. 

Participation in the Education Committee is open to all members. If you are interested in joining the Education Committee, email Ed Monahan


Committee Members:


The Education Committee has created a calendar to serve as a comprehensive resource for training events around the country.

Organizations can submit entries to this calendar by filling out the following form. All information must be included for the event to be added to the calendar. All requests to be added to the calendar must be made using the form.

Note: Inclusion on this calendar does not constitute an endorsement by NAPD about the program, organization, resources, etc.


NAPD News

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.