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Tamara A. Steckler is the Attorney-in-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice of the Legal Aid Society in New York City (JRP), supervising a staff of 330 attorneys, social workers and paralegals who represent over 34,000 children and young adults each year in child welfare, delinquency, PINS, appellate and impact litigation proceedings in all five boroughs. She has been active in numerous state and city working groups and task forces addressing issues of child welfare and juvenile justice, including the Governor’s Task Force on Transforming Juvenile Justice, the New York State Task for on the Future of Probation, the New York City Juvenile Justice Advisory Council on the implementation of “Close to Home”, New York Statewide Committee and New York City Working Group to Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities in JD and Child Welfare Matters, New York State Bar Task Force on Family Court, New York Statewide Child Welfare Interdisciplinary Collaboration Group, the New York State Juvenile Use of Orders of Protection Project Advisory Board, as well as the New York City Executive Committee for Child Welfare Practice. She was also instrumental in passing legislation in New York that capped the number of clients an Attorney for a Child could handle at any given time. She has published various articles including Litigating Racism: Exposing Injustice in Juvenile Prosecutions and Perspective: A New Era in Representing Children and speaks publicly in numerous forums regarding issues of child welfare and juvenile justice.

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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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