Funding

The National Association for Public Defense (NAPD) is supported almost exclusively by membership dues. Annual membership costs $25 for individuals, and $20 for individuals joining with their entire organization. These dues support three part-time staff members, expenses for printing and postage, limited travel, book-keeping services, and modest technology improvements. NAPD is a virtual organization and spends no funds on office space, utilities, equipment, phone and internet, or other “brick and mortar” expenses.

All substantive work of NAPD – thousands of hours – is undertaken by NAPD members, virtually all of whom are public defense providers in justice systems throughout the country.

In 2014, NAPD received one-time funds from the Open Society Foundation to support scholarships for twenty-two defender leaders to attend the Workload Leadership Institute in Lexington, KY.  In 2014, NAPD also received one-time funds from the Society of Counsel representing Accused Persons in Seattle, WA. These funds are used to support the technological needs of NAPD. The platform that supports MyGideon is made available to us through a partnership, and is funded by Atlantic Philathropies. These funds were exhausted in 2016.

NAPD thanks Dean Andrea Lyon and Events & Continuing Legal Education Manager Lorrie Hodge among others at Valparaiso Law School for support and logistical assistance for the 2015 and 2016 Leadership Institutes, and looks forward to the 2017 Institute, which is being hosted at the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.

Beginning in 2016, NAPD began to recieves funds from the Office of Justice Programs at American University to defray travel costs for on site technical assistance coordinated through the NAPD Systems Builders Committee.

In 2016, NAPD received funds for administering a grant from the John & Laura Arnold Foundation that supports workloads advocacy in Louisiana. This grant will run through 2017.

In 2016, NAPD receibved funds through its successful application to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (within the U.S. Department of Justice). This application was made in concert with the Urban Institute and the Indigent Defense Research Association. It will run through 2017.

NAPD is a 501(c)6 organization, as approved by the Internal Revenue Service. NAPD sincerely thanks its members, donors, institutional funders, and collaborating partners.


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