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NAPD Has a Training Director!

We have successfully recruited one of the nation's top training people in Jeff Sherr.  Jeff is the Manager of the Education and Strategic Planning Branch of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy. Long before that, he got his beginning in theater. 

Jeff Sherr, NAPD Training Director

Training and education have been NAPD's highest priorities since our beginning on January 1, 2014.  In fact, we had an Education Committee before we had a website.  There have been amazing volunteers who have taken NAPD's educational efforts to the highest level, with 150+ webinars as well as 620 blogs since we began.  All of the webinars are now stored on MyGideon for any-time viewing.  We have held one Workload Conference and another is scheduled for November 17-18th.  We have also held three leadership institutes, two at Valparaiso University Law School and one at Kentucky DPA.  Another is scheduled for May of 2018.  However, we have not held a training for investigators and social workers.  And NAPD has identified that as a distinct need.
 
We are now in the process of filling that need.  We have successfully recruited one of the nation's top training people in Jeff Sherr.  Jeff is the Manager of the Education and Strategic Planning Branch of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy. Long before that, he got his beginning in theater. He has a degree in Theater from Kansas University and studied with the National Shakespeare Conservatory.  Jeff is still actively involved in theater in Kentucky and performs regularly with a house long form improv team in Lexington. Once he graduated from law school in 1995, Jeff became a public defender as a lawyer with the Juvenile Post Dispositional Unit in Frankfort, Ky.  From there he served as a trial lawyer in Stanford, Ky.  When a position opened up as a juvenile trainer, DPA hired Jeff to fill that position. 
 
Ed Monahan, who was at the time the Deputy Public Advocate and Director of Training, recruited Jeff to that position.  Under Ed's mentorship, Jeff soon took over as the Manager of the Education and Strategic Planning Branch of DPA.  He now has a staff of two other lawyers, a recruiter, and an administrator.  From that vantage point, he runs one of the most creative public defender training units in the country.
 
Jeff is a faculty member for Gideon's Promise, the National Criminal Defense College, Clarence Darrow Death Penalty College, Harvard Trial Advocacy Workshop, and other state litigation institutes. In addition to regularly training public defender litigators and trainers, Jeff has trained public defender leaders nationally and for many individual defender states and offices.
 
Jeff already curates NAPD's blogs, facilitates all the webinars, and posts regularly on NAPD's Facebook page.  As the new NAPD Training Director, he will work with several groups to plan and implement social worker and investigator training.  NAPD is fortunate to have someone of Jeff's experience and creativity.  Welcome, Jeff!

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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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