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 March 18, 2017 - the 54th anniversary of the Gideon v. Wainright decision - NAPD published its Foundational Principleswhich are recommended to NAPD members and other persons and organizations interested in advancing the cause of equal justice for accused persons.  

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On March 2, 2017, NAPD released its Statement on Reducing Demand For Public Defense: Alternatives to Traditional Prosecution Can Reduce Defender Workload, Save Money, and Reduce RecidivismThere are more than 2 million people in jail and prison in the United States. This is a four-fold increase since 1980. This increase and the racial disproportionality among incarcerated people has led to alliances across the political spectrum to address the impact on people and on budgets.  As the new Coalition for Public Safety has put it, “Our country has an ‘overcriminalization’ problem and an ‘overincarceration’ problem — and it’s getting worse." NAPD authored this statement because there is a great opportunity to make transformative changes that can improve justice and save money.  A variety of organizations representing a wide spectrum of political views have joined together to end the systematic problem of overcriminalization and narrow the net of incarceration by reforming criminal codes.