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


July 1, 2017: NAPD announces Save the Date for 2017 Workloads Institute, to be held at SLU Law School (St. Louis, MO) on November 17-18, 2017. Click HERE for a brochure with details and faculty!
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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.