Archive October 2020

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Space, equipment, communication and supporting services for public defense must be professional for meaningful representation of clients

The meaningful representation of public defense clients requires proper professional space, adequate supporting equipment, ability to conduct confidential communications, and adequate services.  These factors directly affect the number of clients an attorney can ethically and competently represent and the effectiveness of the work that the attorney can do for the clients.

Active Supervision is a Hallmark of a Client-Centered Public Defense System

NAPD has adopted a policy detailing the critical importance of active public defense supervision.  According to the Policy, all public defense systems - full-time, assigned counsel, contract - must actively supervise performance to ensure clients are properly represented.

Self-Care Practices Among Those Employed in Public Defense Contexts: A Research Note

Researchers at the University of Kentucky School of Social Work's Self-Care Lab, in collaboration with the National Association for Public Defense, conducted a national study to examine self-care practices of those employed in public defense. A total of 9,056 partiicpants provided data via an electronic survey.

NAPD Fund for Justice Creative Advocacy Grant made in honor of Jeff Adachi and Norm Lefstein; Deadline for applications is November 15, 2020

The NAPD Fund for Justice, Inc. yearly provides one or more Creative Advocacy Grants. Grants are awarded to public defender organizations that seek to engage in creative advocacy that demonstrate public value through community engagement on an issue critical to client advocacy. The deadline for applications is November 15, 2020.