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.




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

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. Registration closes Septemebr 3.
This one of a kind conference is developed through surveys of the registrants.   You have a say in what sessions are offered and will have multiple options during the conference.
Click here to watch as the schedule develops based on your suggestions.
Click here to see the faculty list. 
Click here to register for the Investigator Conference Track.
Click here to register for the Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate Conference Track.
Click here to make a hotel reservation at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

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.