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Dear Norm

You've meant more to me, personally and professionally, than you know. I was only 5 or 6 years out of law school when I started at the ABA. To debate ideas with someone of your stature was intimidating and exhilarating. I learned more about public defense from you and your writings than I did in any courtroom or lecture hall.


Dear Norm,

You've meant more to me, personally and professionally, than you know. I was only 5 or 6 years out of law school when I started at the ABA. To debate ideas with someone of your stature was intimidating and exhilarating. I learned more about public defense from you and your writings than I did in any courtroom or lecture hall.

Here in Austin, Texas, a well-worn copy of Securing Reasonable Caseloads sits on my shelf, a scribble-filled ABA Ten Principles sits on my desk, and news of Formal Opinion 486 sits in my inbox—tangible and constant reminders of the impact of one man.

We'll never be able to tally the lives that have improved because of your pursuit of justice. One of the lovely things about our work is that educating defenders can be a multiplier, rippling positive effects from attorney, to clients, to friends, to families, to communities. But, as one of the thousands of lives you've affected, I would like to tell you how grateful I am.

My goal today—as it has been since we met—is to be at least half as intelligent, a fourth as passionate, and an eighth as kind as you have been. (As I enter my 40s, I've lost hope of being as lucid or fit as you have been in your 80s.)

Thank you for all you've done in this world and thank you for all you've done for me.

Sincerely,

Geoff Burkhart

P.S. And thanks for introducing Eliza and me to Shapiro's.

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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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