Archive January 2021

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Paulino Duran

It is with a heavy heart that we are writing to let you know that Paulino Duran, former Chief Public Defender of Sacramento County,  passed away last week from complications of Covid. Paulino served approximately a quarter of a century at the helm of the Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office. At the time of his retirement in 2018,  Paulino was the longest sitting Public Defender in the State of California and longest sitting department head in Sacramento County.

Supreme Court opening opinions: qualified immunity, AEDPA, and military statute of limitations

The U.S. Supreme Court opened its October 2020 Term with short opinions on qualified immunity, AEDPA, and a military statute of limitations. You can read recaps of these three cases in the following blog post.

Reflecting Back

I often am in a reflective mood during this time of year. This year, I am even more reflective, since I am stepping down as the Executive Director of NAPD on December 31.  I have taken this occasion to think about the first seven years of NAPD, and all that we accomplished as a public defense community.