NAPD’s organizational model is unique, but consonant with public defense culture – inexpensive, virtual, specifically relevant, available on a deadline, and focused exclusively on public defense issues. Instead of depending on staff to deliver a product to the field, NAPD employs a resource-sharing model, making it possible for any member to write, train, request, converse, upload, download, and weigh in on issues where they are experts or need expert help. 
There are many opportunities to benefit or contribute as an engaged member of NAPD.

To write a post for the NAPD blog (which posts on our website and through our significant social media community), email your content to Heather H. Hall. Blogs can be on any topic you choose, about an experience, a public defense program, an injustice, a colleague, or anything else. 

To request a webinar on a certain topic, email Ed Monahan, Chair of the NAPD Education Committee. If you have faculty recommendations, be sure to include them. 

To offer a webinar for NAPD’s members, email Jeff Sherr, who moderates and provides technical support for all NAPD webinars. This can be on a topic that you have trained locally or a new topic – take it to a national audience. 

To join a listserv, we have a number of options – some moderated, some not. Some for certain profession types, some for advocates in leadership positions, some for folks who want to take a role in guiding NAPD’s path. Email Heather H. Hall 

Follow us on FaceBook or Twitter. Encourage your friends and family to do so too! 

To participate in a Committee, email Ernie Lewis. Many NAPD Committees have open membership. If you are interested in supporting education, providing fines and fees advocacy, ending excessive workloads, improving juvenile defense or creating more IT capacity in the defender community, we’d love the help! 

To contribute to MyGideon, NAPD’s Public Defense Website, email Amanda Alvarez Thibeault. MyGideon is the heart of NAPD – an archive of resources, a network of colleagues, thousands of pages of consolidated defender knowledge! Do you need something that isn’t there? Or do you have something that others could use? Be in touch! 


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.


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