Profile: joanna.landau

Joanna Landau has served the Utah Indigent Defense Commission as its first Director since October, 2016. She hit the ground sprinting in this job, and has not stopped: reaching out to many stakeholders, hiring staff, and surviving her first legislative session. Previously, Joanna worked as an appellate attorney with the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association, representing indigent defendants on appeal to the Utah Court of Appeals and Utah Supreme Court. She has also worked for Third District Court judges as an attorney law clerk to several civil and criminal judges in Salt Lake and Summit Counties. Joanna was the Chair of the Utah State Bar Appellate Practice Section from 2014-2016; she is on the programming committee for the 2016-2017 David K. Watkiss Sutherland II Inns of Court; she was a member and Vice President of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Young Alumni Board from 2013-2016; and has served in leadership with the Young Lawyer’s Division and Women Lawyers of Utah. Joanna is a 2006 graduate of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, and she holds a B.A. from Wellesley College. She grew up in Colorado but has called Utah home since 2003.




July 1, 2018: General Registration opens for the “WE THE DEFENDERS” TRAINING CONFERENCE,  November 26-29, 2018, Indianapolis, IN

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. Registration closes Septemebr 3.
This one of a kind conference is developed through surveys of the registrants.   You have a say in what sessions are offered and will have multiple options during the conference.
Click here to watch as the schedule develops based on your suggestions.
Click here to see the faculty list. 
Click here to register for the Investigator Conference Track.
Click here to register for the Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate Conference Track.
Click here to make a hotel reservation at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

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

January 17, 2018: The 2018 NAPD Investigators Conference and 2018 Social Workers & Sentencing Advocates Institute (March 26-29, 2018 in Denver, CO) are now at full capacity and closed for registration. A wait list is being developed.

November 28, 2017: NAPD has uploaded videos of the presentations from the 2017 NAPD Workloads Conference in St. Louis (held November 17-18). Members can access these valuable presentations on MyGideon by logging into their NAPD account.