Archive January 2019

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Supreme Court issues opinions on sentence enhancement under ACCA

The U.S. Supreme Court issued two recent opinions on sentence enhancements under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) for illegal possession of firearms. A summary of both cases is below.

Updates from the Civil Rights Corps

Civil Rights Corps has had a busy start to the new year!  I wanted to give you three important updates in San Francisco, Ferguson and Houston! ERead more in the post below. Thanks for all of your support, and we are looking forward to fighting injustice in 2019.

Kevin "Bilal" Chatman: a Vision of Redemption at the College Football National Championship Game

As I watched him intervene, my heart became full.  Just 6-7 years prior, Bilal sat confined in a prison cell, wearing a state issued jumpsuit, condemned to spend the rest of his life in a cage. And now, he stood before me, adorned in a blazer, tie, official name tag and security earpiece, a free, working, managerial man, a dignified peacemaker making the night safer and more enjoyable for the rest of us, a living, breathing model of redemption.  

Politics and Public Defenders

Politics for public defenders usually involves two issues, the lack of money and the lack of independence. The two are linked. If resources were guaranteed then independence would be assured. Since that is unlikely, and the money must come from somewhere, public defenders will remain dependent upon whomever funds them, including governments with conflicting priorities.




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