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.




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.

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