MyGideon Committee

The MyGideon Committee is in charge of developing a secure, hyper-practical, intuitively organized resource website for public defense professionals. MyGideon is for attorneys in the courtroom, social workers finding alternatives to prison, investigators in the field, IT staff keeping their offices ahead of the technological curve, budgeteers trying to make the numbers pencil out, policy leaders making change, and anyone else who is essential to the public defense movement. 

The goal is to gather together every resource for every public defense need

  • embedded within easy-to-use checklists
  • continuously curated for quality and recency; and
  • organized so that you can find the information you need within seconds.

This is a lofty goal, but it's possible if we can work together. If you'd like to contribute your time or your resources, or of you have a specific request of MyGideon, contact Amanda Alvarez Thibeault

The committee is chaired by Alex Bassos and Jeff Sherr.

Committee 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