Profile: pat.brayer

Patrick Brayer is a 28 year veteran of the Missouri State Public Defender System (MSPD) Trial Division and the Deputy District Defender (First Assistant) of the St. Louis County Trial Office. He is the former MSPD Coordinator of Law Students and Interns for the St. Louis region and is proud of his work in attracting hundreds of students to public defender service. Pat is the past creator and coordinator of many trial skill and new defender training experiences for the MSPD and has served on the faculty of public defender trial schools in both Missouri and Louisiana, including the prestigious Louisiana Public Defender Training Institute. His articles, essays and podcast have appeared online in the: University of Iowa law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, Fordham International Law Journal, National Association for Public Defense (NAPD) featured articles section and in print in: Earth Magazine, The National Law Journal, Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal, The Champion and the Journal of The Missouri Bar. His teaching materials on implicit bias and jury selection have been utilized by the American Bar Association, NAPD and discussed on the BBC series, “The Why Factor”. In 2017 his essay on "The Public Defender Experience" will be published in the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy. He is a frequent lecturer and presenter speaking on the subjects of: cross-examination, student practice, clinical legal education, Brady/Kyles, jury selection and combating hidden bias. Pat was selected as the 2016 Philip H. Corboy Lecturer on advocacy at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago where he discussed his research on juries in the digital age. He is a proud career long member of the public defender community.




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