Education Committee

NAPD's Education Committee is made up of public defender and assigned counsel leaders, staff and trainers. It creates and promotes effective education though in-person programs, webinars, blogs, podcasts, and written materials that are accessible to litigators, leaders, investigators, social workers, and mitigation specialists across the nation, and it co-sponsors programs offered by other organizations interested in indigent defense work. Committee members are set out below. Ed Monahan, Public Advocate for the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy is Chair. Bob Hill, Chief Public Defender for the Marion County Public Defender Agency in Indianapolis, IN, is Committee Vice-Chair.
 
The Education Committee organizes and facilitates many of NAPD's educational programs. To date, the NAPD Education Committee has facilitated over 110 online webinars from many of the country’s best trainers, all of which are archived on MyGideon, NAPD's Public Defense Library. In 2015, more than 2,500 members participated in the Education Committee webinars, and thousands more viewed these resources in the MyGideon archive. It is common for organizational members to view these webinars as an office, as part of an extended training program. NAPD is a presumptive CLE provider in Alaska and West Virginia, and many members make successful applications for CLE credit through their local Bar Associations. A recent compilation of NAPD webinars is available HERE 
 
The Education Committee also coordinates a special workgroup to develop the annual NAPD Leadership Institute and a Death Penalty Subcommittee, which coordinates capital resources for practitioners around the country and, as appropriate, makes relevant mitigation resources available to non-capital advocates.

The Education Committee meets the third Monday of each month. Committee members engage the NAPD community to contribute training and training materials through live webinars and resources archived MyGideon. Current info on upcoming events can be found on the Events page. 

Participation in the Education Committee is open to all members. If you are interested in joining the Education Committee, email Ed Monahan


Committee Members:


The Education Committee has created a calendar to serve as a comprehensive resource for training events around the country.

Organizations can submit entries to this calendar by filling out the following form. All information must be included for the event to be added to the calendar. All requests to be added to the calendar must be made using the form.

Note: Inclusion on this calendar does not constitute an endorsement by NAPD about the program, organization, resources, etc.


NAPD News

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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