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Aaron Goldstein has been an attorney for over 15 years and is currently an attorney supervisor at the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender in the First Municipal Division. Before coming to the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, he was the founder of The Goldstein Firm, P.C., a criminal defense and civil rights firm in Chicago. Mr. Goldstein has handled all types of criminal federal and state cases and has tried hundreds of felony cases. Mr. Goldstein was the attorney for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and former Chicago Alderman and Cook County Commissioner William Beavers. He has also represented individuals arrested during the NATO and Occupy Chicago protests. Mr. Goldstein first began his career as an assistant public defender handling all types of state criminal cases as well as child protection cases. Mr. Goldstein is licensed to practice in Illinois and is a member of the Federal Trial Bar and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Federal Panel which is a select group of attorneys qualified to receive appointments to federal criminal cases. While Illinois had the death penalty, he was certified to handle capital cases as a member of the Illinois Capital Litigation Trial Bar. Mr. Goldstein graduated With Distinction from the University of Iowa, College of Law in 2000. At the University of Iowa, his journal article was published in the Journal of Gender, Race & Justice. Mr. Goldstein teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at North Park University and taught the trial advocacy team at the DePaul University College of Law. He has also spoken at various seminars and bar associations, law offices and universities. In 2016 Mr. Goldstein was elected Democratic Committeeman for the 33rd Ward in Chicago defeating 40-year incumbent Dick Mell.

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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.

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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
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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.
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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.
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