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Friday, October 11, 2019

The public value of public defense…Reflections

Start Date: 10/11/2019 2:00 PM EDT
End Date: 10/11/2019 3:30 PM EDT

Organization Name: NAPD

Heather H. Hall
Email: heather@publicdefenders.us
Phone: N/A

The public value of public defense…Reflections

October 11, 2019, 12:00 p.m. Eastern, 60 minutes

Webinar Faculty:  Ed Monahan

About the Webinar:    We all know public defenders exist because of the constitutional right to counsel guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment. This principle of our Constitution is what drives our passion for our work for clients. But that guarantee isn’t valued by as many as we’d hope. I have had to learn this lesson over and over on a journey of many failures. Learning from my failures has brought me to a place to proclaim the public value of public defense. I will share 10 things I have learned along the way, amidst my failures.

About the Faculty: 

Ed is a criminal defense consultant and trainer doing program evaluation and consulting with public defense programs, training public defenders and criminal defense lawyers. He began as a public defender in 1976 and was Kentucky's public advocate from 2008 - 2017. He is co-author with Jim Clark, Ph.D. LCSW; Dean and Professor, College of Social Work, Florida State University of "Tell the Client's Story: Mitigation in Criminal and Death Penalty Cases" American Bar Association (2017). As Chief Defender, Ed worked to communicate the public value of public defense on issues that included representation at first appearance, pretrial release advocacy, criminal justice reform.


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