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Case Refusal: A Duty For A Public Defender and a Remedy for All of A Public Defender's Clients

Steve Hanlon, General Counsel for the NAPD, has written a law review article that has been published in the Indiana Law Review, entitled: “Case Refusal: A Duty For A Public Defender and a Remedy for All of A Public Defender's Clients.” 
Steve Hanlon, General Counsel for the NAPD, has written a law review article that has been published in the Indiana Law Review, entitled: “Case Refusal: A Duty For A Public Defender and a Remedy for All of A Public Defender's Clients.”  This article is largely a rejoinder to an article written by Alabama School of Law Professor John P. Gross in the Washington University Law Review.  In his article, Professor Gross argues that, under all the circumstances, representation by a public defender with an excessive caseload may be the defendant's best option.  In his article Mr. Hanlon argues that, on the contrary, such representation is a terrible option, because it is flatly unethical and unconstitutional.  Mr. Hanlon describes, for the first time, a case refusal action that protects all of a public defender's clients, both those she can ethically represent and those she cannot.  

You can read the article here: https://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/ilr/pdf/vol51p59.pdf

 

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December 15, 2018: Registration is now open for NAPD's Spring Events:
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  • "We the Defenders" Investigators Conference (Biloxi, MS)
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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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