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


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 Principleswhich are recommended to NAPD members and other persons and organizations interested in advancing the cause of equal justice for accused persons.  


On March 2, 2017, NAPD released its Statement on Reducing Demand For Public Defense: Alternatives to Traditional Prosecution Can Reduce Defender Workload, Save Money, and Reduce RecidivismThere are more than 2 million people in jail and prison in the United States. This is a four-fold increase since 1980. This increase and the racial disproportionality among incarcerated people has led to alliances across the political spectrum to address the impact on people and on budgets.  As the new Coalition for Public Safety has put it, “Our country has an ‘overcriminalization’ problem and an ‘overincarceration’ problem — and it’s getting worse." NAPD authored this statement because there is a great opportunity to make transformative changes that can improve justice and save money.  A variety of organizations representing a wide spectrum of political views have joined together to end the systematic problem of overcriminalization and narrow the net of incarceration by reforming criminal codes.