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What happens when you talk to 8th graders about public defense?

Sajid and Avi speak to 8th graders about public defense, clients, justice, and more in the final Aider & Abettor podcast of 2017.
The last episode for 2017 of the Aider & Abettor Podcast is now up on iTunes, SoundCloud and other podcast platforms.

We recorded this episode in front of a live audience for the first time- 8th graders at Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto, CA.

Avi talked about representing a client named Edgar at a re-sentencing hearing after he had been previously sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for a murder conviction he suffered at 17 years old. Sajid shared portions of his recent closing argument at a transfer hearing where he advocated for his client, just 16 at the time of an accused murder, to remain in juvenile court rather than being prosecuted as an adult.

We then took several questions from the students about life as a #publicdefender, including representing guilty people, our definitions and conceptions of justice, dealing w/ prosecutors and why we chose this career:

Please listen and share!

https://soundcloud.com/user-139217541/mid-thirty-something-jump-street

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/aider-and-abettor-podcast/id1198837585?mt=2

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NAPD News

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.
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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

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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. 
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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
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