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

January 23, 2018: In response to US Attorney General Jeff Session's reversal of prior policy on the imposition of fines and fees for criminal defendants, NAPD submitted the following letter on behalf of the public defender community. You can read the letter HERE
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January 17, 2018: The 2018 NAPD Investigators Conference and 2018 Social Workers & Sentencing Advocates Institute (March 26-29, 2018 in Denver, CO) are now at full capacity and closed for registration. A wait list is being developed.
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November 28, 2017: NAPD has uploaded videos of the presentations from the 2017 NAPD Workloads Conference in St. Louis (held November 17-18). Members can access these valuable presentations on MyGideon by logging into their NAPD account.
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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.