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When you join NAPD - as an individual or as an organization - you not only financially support our shared cause, you also gain access to a growing variety of membership benefits.
 
Individual Membership
NAPD dues through 2016 are $25 annually for individual members. There is a reduced membership rate for students. Click HERE to sign up now.
 
Organizational Membership
Your entire organization can join NAPD at once for $20/member (with a cap). Please contact NAPD staff member Heather H. Hall to discuss pricing. Organizational memberships cannot be purchased through the website at this time.
 
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Membership is extended to all public defenders, public defense professionals and justice allies. We strive to serve the full range of defender advocates across the country regardless of case specialization, system type or professional background.



 


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