Systems Builders

NAPD, through its Systems Builders Committee, works to strengthen the quality of public defense delivery systems throughout the country. The Systems Builders Committee is comprised of current and retired defender leaders, public defender board and/or commission members, and system advocates representing a range of experiences and perspectives on public defense issues. 
 
Our mission is to assist leaders who are building excellent, client-centered public defense programs, through training, consultation, collaboration, and on-site technical assistance.

You can see the following reports from the Systems Builders Committee below:

RPDO: Making a Difference in Texas (January 2017)
Louisiana's 16th JDC Public Defender's Office: Technical Assistance Report (July 2016) 

Members of the committee have provided intensive work in a number of jurisdictions, including several statewide systems and numerous county-based programs. Additionally, the Committee has developed a four-part webinar series oriented towards training boards and commissions. These webinars, scheduled between May-November 2016, are available in archive in MyGideon. The series includes the webinars:
 
The State of Indigent Defense
Using the American Bar Association's Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System to Build a Quality Public Defense Organization
Practical Pointers and Principles for Boards and Commissions 
Creating Statewide Minimum Standards for Indigent Defense 
 
Systems Builders recognizes the needs of an organization are often unique and varied depending on the design of the public defender delivery system as well as the constitution of its staff. As such, the Systems Builders Committee approach is to tailor its support to a wide range of audiences, including boards, commissions, defender offices, state defender associations, practicing lawyers, investigators, managers, leaders, community groups and funding authorities.
 
For more information on resources available from NAPD or to discuss the availability of in-person support, please contact William Ward, Chair of the Systems Builders Committee or Ernie Lewis, Executive Director of NAPD

Committee Members:


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