Archive May 2019

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So it isn't all about me? My Lessons in Client Focused Leadership

I had no idea, however, how much bigger the stage is for finding like-minded people. Seeing Public Defenders, all with different size offices, different political challenges, and different client demographics, come together and universally have the same message was not only moving but also deeply informative. 

Jeff Adachi Receives National Criminal Justice Award

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi was posthumously awarded the Equity Award by the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts on Monday, the National Association for Public Defense (NAPD) has announced. The award was presented at the National Consortium’s 2019 Annual Conference on Monday, May 20th, 2019.

Timbs v. Indiana: Eighth Amendment's excessive fines clause applies to States

In a case that received wide publicity in February, Timbs v. Indiana, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause applies to the States through the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause. 

Supreme Court Issues Two Decisions on Execution of Mentally Disabled People

The U.S. Supreme Court in February issued two opinions on when people with mental disabilities are eligible for the death penalty. In Madison v. Alabama, decided February 27, the Court held that the Eighth Amendment does not prohibit executing a person who has no memory of the crime they committed so long as the person understands the reasons for their death sentence. And in Moore v. Texas, decided February 19, the Court, in a very fact-specific opinion, again ruled that Texas courts improperly applied the Court’s rulings on intellectual disability in finding that Bobby Moore was not intellectually disable

Dust and Ash

Mostly, being a lawyer to me was about networking, which I had discovered (rather pleasantly) really meant drinking with other lawyers, perfecting the “you’re so fascinating and brilliant” gaze, and learning to how to smoke cigars. I was living off of the dregs of a meager divorce settlement I had received the previous year, and as the last of it slipped through my checking account I started to wonder how I was possibly going to make this situation tenable.

Garza v Idaho: SCOTUS Recap

Prejudice is presumed when an attorney fails to file a notice of appeal after a client requests it, even if the client executed an appeal waiver as a part of a plea agreement, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled February 27 in Garza v. Idaho. 




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