Formal Ethics Opinions

NAPD has published the following Formal Ethics Opinions:

Formal Ethics Opinion Adressing the Confidentiality of Client Information when Defense Team Representation includes Social Workers and Other Non-Lawyer Professionals whose Licensure is Affected by Statutory or Professional Mandatory Reporting Obligations
Formal Ethics Opinion 14-1 (December 2014)

Fornal Ethics Opinion Addressing Circumstances when Defense Counsel Must Turn Over Material to the Prosecution/Law Enforcement
Formal Ethics Opinion 16-1 (March 2016)

Formal Ethics Opinion 16-2 Focusing on the Circumstances in Which Lawyers Can, and Cannot, Communicate with Witnesses and Others Who May Be Represented
Formal Ethics Opinion 16-2 (August 2016)


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.