Profile: deja.vishny

Deja Vishny is an attorney who practices with the Wisconsin State Public Defender Office in Milwaukee Wisconsin. She is the head of the statewide homicide practice group, and the Deputy Training Director for the Wisconsin State Public Defender. She joined the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon Georgia in 1998 and lectures at criminal defense and public defender seminars throughout the United States. She is an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School where she teaches trial advocacy. She has also taught trial skills in India, and was a guest lecturer at a Harvard Law School class, “The American Prosecutor”. Ms. Vishny attended the Reid School on Interrogation and published articles in The Champion and The Wisconsin Defender on cross examining police interrogators. She co-chaired the false confession program at the inaugural session of the National Forensic College at Cardozo Law School in June 20Ms. Vishny is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and previously served on the board of the State Bar of Wisconsin Criminal Law Section. She is a 2015 recipient of the David Niblack award by the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, which recognizes outstanding contributions to indigent defense in Wisconsin. Her most recent article in The Champion is “Is it really a Homicide: Working with and Crossing the Pathologist in a Gunshot case”. She is the author of Suppressing Criminal Evidence, published by James Publishing Company in 2016; the book is available for purchase at defenders may use discount code SCE30PD at checkout to receive a 30% discount off the list price).

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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)
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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