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


November 1, 2017: NAPD closes registration and has sold out its 2017 Workloads Conference, to be held at SLU Law School (St. Louis, MO) on November 17-18, 2017. This Institute will be recorded and available to members after the event. Click HERE for a brochure with details and faculty!

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.