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


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NAPD News

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