Archive November 2018

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Stronger Together, NAPD Needs You

Wow, in the five years since NAPD was created, we have grown into a public defense organization of over 18,000 members.  NAPD belongs to all of us, and we encourage you to be more involved. Whether you are a leader or a line defender, a lawyer, an investigator or support staff, bring your passion!

Why You Should Throw Small Wrenches

I have been in Alex’s shoes and have had to fight the disconcerting impulse to capitulate to a prosecutor’s scheduling request to the detriment of the client, especially when the prosecutor’s reasoning was something I could relate to, like leaving early to beat traffic so the kids could get to grandma’s house before bedtime. 

America's Feast

More than 2.3 million people spent Thanksgiving in prison, and that ought to make us wince, put down our forks for a minute, give us pause.  Many people are in prison because they are mentally ill, or they just can’t make bail, or they are addicted to drugs and it’s so much easier to get jail time than treatment.

Appearance Required

Appearing in court. None of our clients like it. But they have to come to court – a lot. Initial appearances. Arraignments. Omnibus hearings. Pre-trial scheduling conferences. Status hearings. Jury instruction conferences. Trial. Change of plea. Sentencing.

Amidst the disillusion, a time for leaders who see beyond the horizon

Thinking back over the years, I reflected on the pleasure of being in Baltimore in October to celebrate 5 years of the National Association for Public Defense, started by a national gathering of people who chose to come, explore, create, and lead despite the odds against starting and sustaining a national defender organization. Yet, 5 years later, 18,000 members, over 200 webinars, an electronic library available 24 hours a day, cutting edge leadership education, high quality investigator, social worker training, a strike force to aid lawyers under attack, a focus on reducing workloads.

We came to celebrate, but first we focused on racial justice

We came to celebrate, but first we focused on racial justice. The NAPD Racial Justice Committee planned the training that took up most of October 20th.  If you were there, you know it was awesome.  If you were not there, you can see it all on MyGideon.




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