Profile: daniel.goyette

Daniel T. Goyette is the Chief Public Defender for Jefferson County (KY) and has served as Executive Director of the Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender Corporation since 1982. Dan is a past president of both the Louisville Bar Association and the Louisville Bar Foundation. He is a recipient of the American Bar Association's Dorsey Award, and currently serves as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (SCLAID). Additionally, he is a former member of the ABA House of Delegates and the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Since 1979, he has been a member of the adjunct faculty at the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, receiving the Dean's Service Award in 2003. He has lectured on a variety of legal issues and topics both locally and nationally, and the Kentucky Bar Association presented the 2003 Justice Thomas B. Spain Award to him for outstanding service in continuing legal education. In 2007, he was selected as the recipient of the state's Outstanding Lawyer Award by the Kentucky Bar Association. He is a charter member of the Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court and Chair of its Membership Committee. He is also a charter Board member and past President of the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He currently serves on the Kentucky Supreme Court Criminal Rules Committee and the Chief Justice's Commission on Racial Fairness in the Courts. The Department of Public Advocacy presented the Gideon Award to him in 1994 for his extraordinary commitment to equal justice and his courage in advancing the right to counsel for the poor in Kentucky. Among other organizations, he has chaired Citizens for Better Judges and the Center for Educational Leadership, and he currently serves as Vice-Chair of the board of directors of Louisville Public Radio. He was recently honored as one of the recipients of the Hall of Fame William H. Sheppard -Excellence in Community Leadership Award. Dan is a graduate of Marquette University, the Rome Center of Liberal Arts, and the University of Oklahoma College of Law.




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)
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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

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