Bob Boruchowitz's contribution to NAPD's "Closing Arguments" webinar series is now available. Next up? Doug Wilson on August 29th at noon!
NAPD is featuring a series of webinars from our retired leaders, many of whom were present at the beginning as Gideon was being interpreted and implemented in the states.  We have a lot to learn from these leaders.  What did George Santayana say about not remembering history and being condemned to repeat it?
Bob Boruchowitz, the retired chief defender at the Defender Association of Seattle, now serving as a law professor and consultant, presented on June 25th, interviewed by friend and colleague Lisa Dugard, who now serves as Executive Director of the Public Defender Association.  Their comments can be found here:  Eventually, their webinar and all of the Closing Argument series will be available under the "How to Run a PD Office" section of MyGideon
Fred Friedman's webinar was presented on May 17th.  It can be found here:
Next up is retired Colorado Public Defender Doug Wilson.  Doug's webinar has the intriguing title of “The Musings of a Retired PD:  The Hulk v. Bruce Banner.  His webinar will occur on August 29th at 12:00 p.m. ET.  You can sign up for Doug's webinar here:
Ernie Lewis
NAPD Executive  Director



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