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


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

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.

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.

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

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.