Profile: ira.mickenberg

Ira Mickenberg is an criminal defense lawyer, defender trainer and consultant from Saratoga Springs, NY. Ira has designed, directed and taught trial, appellate, capital, and post-conviction training programs for defender organizations throughout the nation, and is the founder and Director of the National Defender Training Project. He has also represented defendants in the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal, and the highest courts of several states, and has tried homicide and other felony cases. From 1988 to 1994, Ira was a founder and Attorney-in-Charge of the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York City. He has been certified as an expert witness in federal and state courts on the subject of effective assistance of counsel, and has taught criminal law, criminal procedure, death penalty litigation, and appellate advocacy at the University of Dayton School of Law, American University School of Law, Williams College, and New York Law School. His latest project is establishing an alliance between the University of Dayton School of Law and public defender offices throughout the nation that will train students for careers as public defenders and channel them into jobs, internships and externships. During the month of August, Ira shuts down his practice, refuses to answer his phone, mail or e-mail, and can be found in the clubhouse at Saratoga thoroughbred racetrack.




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