NAPD’s organizational model is unique, but consonant with public defense culture – inexpensive, virtual, specifically relevant, available on a deadline, and focused exclusively on public defense issues. Instead of depending on staff to deliver a product to the field, NAPD employs a resource-sharing model, making it possible for any member to write, train, request, converse, upload, download, and weigh in on issues where they are experts or need expert help. 
There are many opportunities to benefit or contribute as an engaged member of NAPD.

To write a post for the NAPD blog (which posts on our website and through our significant social media community), email your content to Heather H. Hall. Blogs can be on any topic you choose, about an experience, a public defense program, an injustice, a colleague, or anything else. 

To request a webinar on a certain topic, email Ed Monahan, Chair of the NAPD Education Committee. If you have faculty recommendations, be sure to include them. 

To offer a webinar for NAPD’s members, email Jeff Sherr, NAPD’s Training Director,who moderates and provides technical support for all NAPD webinars. This can be on a topic that you have trained locally or a new topic – take it to a national audience. 

To join a listserv, we have a number of options – some moderated, some not, sign up here . Some for certain profession types, some for advocates in leadership positions, some for folks who want to take a role in guiding NAPD’s path.

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Encourage your friends and family to do so too! 

To participate in a Committee, email Ernie Lewis. Many NAPD Committees have open membership. If you are interested in supporting education, providing fines and fees advocacy, ending excessive workloads, improving juvenile defense or creating more IT capacity in the defender community, we’d love the help! 

To contribute to MyGideon, NAPD’s Public Defense Website, email Jonathan Friley. MyGideon is the heart of NAPD – an archive of resources, a network of colleagues, thousands of pages of consolidated defender knowledge! Do you need something that isn’t there? Or do you have something that others could use? Be in touch! 


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