Student Members

Student memberships are available for the reduced dues of $10 annually or $25 for the student's law school (or other educational) term. Student members have the same access to live webinars and MyGideon as other members, and are also invoted to apply for the NAPD Mentorship Program or join its NAPD student listserv. NAPD welcomes collaboration with academic professors, clinic directors, career center staff, or other academic leaders to support our programs for students interested in public defense. There are currently two student NAPD chapters:

  • Bearcat Chapter at the University of Cincinnati
  • Student Chapter at Valparaiso Law School.

For more information about creating a student chapter, or creating a student organizational membership for a law school clinic, please email Heather H. Hall


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.


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