Members

NAPD's current membership is approximately 14,000 members. The vast majority of NAPD members are public defense professionals across all progessions essential to public defense delivery, including lawyers, investigators, social workers, paralegals, IT staff, communications professionals, researchers and administrative support. Our 14,000 members come from 80 organizations in 36 states, including the statewide public defender systems of Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachussetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, North Dakota, West Wirginia 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

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