Strategic Plan

Below are the NAPD Focus Areas and Goals for 2014-2019. The strategies to achieve these goals are undertaken through out AmicusEducation, Fines & FeesITJuvenileMyGideon, Racial JusticeSteering, Systems Builders and Workload Committees, as well as the work of our Ethics Counselors, Strike Force and Leadership Institute Workgroup. Please refer to these committee pages for more information and points of contact.

FOCUS AREA: MEMBERSHIP
GOALS

  • NAPD’s membership reaches all public defense systems.
  • NAPD is affordable and accessible to all.
  • NAPD serves all practice areas and professions.
  • NAPD is clearing-house for jobs in public defense systems.

FOCUS AREA: EDUCATION
GOALS

  • Education including webinars, blogs and live programs serve all members and system members.
  • MyGideon is the best resource in the public defender community.
  • NAPD becomes the primary defender trainer for leaders and supervisors.
  • NAPD is available to build training programs in other jurisdictions.
  • NAPD develops and trains on the ethics of public defense professionals, including social workers, psychologists and others.

FOCUS AREA: WORKLOAD & RESOURCES
GOALS

  • NAPD leads the effort to end excessive workloads.
  • NAPD advocates for resources for defender organizations, including assigned counsel and contract systems that will enable them to provide high quality advocacy.
  • NAPD identifies best practices that use evidence-based policies to improve client outcomes.

FOCUS AREA: LITIGATIN & REFORM
GOALS

  • NAPD supports organizational and individual members when they are under threat of a sanction.
  • NAPD supports member organization on litigation of public defense issues.
  • NAPD provides assistance for advocating for policy change.
  • NAPD provides resources to the community to proactively address systemic issues like mass incarceration and racial disparity.

FOCUS AREA: GOVERNANCE & LEADERSHIP
GOALS

  • NAPD builds an inclusive culture that remains cutting edge, virtual, grass-roots and client-centered.
  • Leadership structure is national in scope and embraces diversity including representation from all delivery systems.
  • NAPD has an effective business model.

FOCUS AREA: BECOMING “THE VOICE” OF THE PUBLIC DEFENSE COMMUNITY
GOALS

  • NAPD becomes the leading voice for public defense issues.
  • NAPD sets the national public defense agenda and advocates its message and values to policy makers and media.
  • NAPD facilitates the sharing of knowledge and expertise of its members with each other and as part of the national conversation.


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