Archive October 2018

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NAPD Awards 1st Annual Thurgood Marshall Award

Mark Stephens details why Dawn Deaner earned the inaugural Thurgood Marshall Award

NAPD: A Reflection on 5 Years

Tim reflects on how--and why--NAPD was formed.

NAPD Defender of Justice Award

NAPD issues the first "Defender of Justice Award" to Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem.

Oh, It's Just A Misdemeanor

I have been in many courtrooms over the years and heard the phrase, “Uh, it’s just a misdemeanor….”  I must confess that thought has crossed my mind on more than one occasion.  However, all of us should rethink that notion with respect to our clients by critically and analytically looking at the consequences facing clients as a direct and indirect result of misdemeanor convictions. 

The NAPD Fund for Justice Launched to Help Public Defenders and Public Defense Organizations across the Nation

The NAPD Fund for Justice has been started by a group of national leaders in order to advance the right to counsel and public defense in the United States. The NAPD Fund for Justice is a nonprofit organization with an application for tax exempt status pending with the IRS.

Should Indigent Defense Providers Care About Workload Studies?

In this blog post, Doug explains how workload studies contributed to the Colorado Public Defender Office's effort with their state's legislature.




December 15, 2018: Registration is now open for NAPD's Spring Events:
  • Executive Leadership Insitute (Frankfort, KY)
  • Train the Trainer (Frankfort, KY)
  • "We the Defenders" Investigators Conference (Biloxi, MS)
  • "We the Defenders" Social Workers/Sentencing AdvocatesConference (Biloxi, MS)
  • Team Mitigation Institute (Atlanta, GA)
Click on Events Tab for more info and to register.

October 30, 2018: NAPD releases a video about its achievements over the 5 years since forming in November in 2013. This films was coordinated by NAPD Steering Committee Member and San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi and debuted at the Racial Justice Training and 5 Year Celebration in Baltimore, Maryland. You can watch the video HERE

July 1, 2018: General Registration opens for the “WE THE DEFENDERS” TRAINING CONFERENCE,  November 26-29, 2018, Indianapolis, IN

You can watch a video about the event HERE 

Due to overwhelming demand, NAPD will again offer this comprehensive Investigator and Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate training experience! The program will include one track for Investigators and a separate track for Social Worker/Sentencing Advocates.  Hear from nationally recognized experts who will share their knowledge on a wide range of topics relevant to the work you do each and every day.  Network with other criminal defense practitioners from around the country and find your tribe. 

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