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Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Webinar: Social Workers in Criminal Defense: Ethical Dilemmas

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Start Date:  2/28/2017 2:00 PM
End Date:  2/28/2017 3:00 PM

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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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