Members

NAPD's current membership is approximately 16,000 members. The vast majority of NAPD members are public defense professionals across all professions essential to public defense delivery, including lawyers, investigators, social workers, paralegals, IT staff, communications professionals, researchers and administrative support. Our 16,000 members come from 80 organizations in 36 states, including the statewide public defender systems of Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachussetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, North Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

There are another 700 individual members, representing more than 300 additional jurisdictions from all 50 states and the U.S. Territories of Puerto Rico, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. NAPD membership includes advocates from both state-level and federal defender offices. NAPD also supports a growing number of student members.

Click here to see a list of organizational members.
  
 


NAPD News


November 1, 2017: NAPD closes registration and has sold out its 2017 Workloads Conference, to be held at SLU Law School (St. Louis, MO) on November 17-18, 2017. This Institute will be recorded and available to members after the event. 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.