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

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.

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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