Profile: janene.mccabe

Janene McCabe is the Director of Technical Litigation at the Colorado State Public Defenders Office. Janene started her career as a Deputy State Public Defender in 2001 where her passion to represent the indigent accused was put into practice. She developed her trial strategies and skills with the support of her office and the State system. Janene has been regularly involved in mentoring new lawyers and became the County Court and Intern supervisor in Adams County in 2007. She developed training tools that were adopted throughout the State to assist lawyers while in the courtroom. In 2009 Janene was named the Attorney of the Year by the Colorado State Public Defender. Janene has been a frequent presenter at the annual Public Defender conference providing continuing legal education credits for attorneys in Colorado. She has taught classes ranging from courtroom demeanor, DNA, Cross examination of the Reid Technique, and Technology in Practice. Today, Janene assists all staff with implementing technology into their daily practice. She has developed classes to teach lawyers how to create digital trial notebooks, software to use to edit video and audio evidence, and use of ipads in the courtroom. Janene is a member of the electronic discovery committee to develop a state-wide system with a goal of distributing discovery to defense attorneys in a timely and consistent electronic format.




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