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.




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.

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

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.

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.