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John Stuart has worked as a public defender in Minnesota since 1978. For the last 24 years, as State Public Defender, he has supervised a developing statewide system that provides adult and juvenile court defense services to all 87 counties, employing 500 lawyers—full and part-time--and 200 support staff in 32 offices. John served 7 years as Co-Chair of the American Council of Chief Defenders, and for 5 years on the faculty of the National Defender Leadership Institute. He has trained public defenders in 15 states and in Eastern Europe. In Minnesota, he is a member of the Drug Court Initiative, the Juvenile Justice Coalition, the Racial Fairness Subcommittee of the Supreme Court Equal Justice Committee, and the Sentencing Guidelines Commission. He has taught as an adjunct at the University of Minnesota Law School and the William Mitchell College of Law. He is co-author of Felony Sentencing in Minnesota (Butterworth, 1985), and several articles on sentencing policy and juvenile justice.

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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.
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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

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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. 
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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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