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

November 29, 2017: NAPD has just opened regsitration for two new live trainings. The 2018 NAPD Investigators Conference and 2018 Social Workers & Sentencing Advocates Institute is now open for registration. These trainings will be help March 26-29, 2018 in Denver, CO. Discounted tuition for members and early registrants. To register, click HERE
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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.