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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Reflections on 28 years of Chief Defender Challenges

Start Date: 6/25/2019 3:00 PM EDT
End Date: 6/25/2019 4:30 PM EDT

Organization Name: NAPD

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

Reflections on 28 years of Chief Defender Challenges

June 25, 2019, 3:00 p.m. Eastern, 60 minutes

Webinar Faculty:  Bob Boruchowitz

About the Webinar:   I am pleased to be part of the series of reflective webinars by former chief public defenders. I will focus on how we developed caseload standards and developed an expectation of excellent public defense in Washington State. My former colleague Lisa Daugaard will discuss this in conversation with me. We will discuss how a combination of development of state defender association and bar association standards, legislative advocacy, public education, litigation, and appellate cases led to a court rule imposing caseload limits on defenders.

About the Faculty:  Professor Robert C. Boruchowitz is Director of The Defender Initiative at Seattle University School of Law. He was Director of Seattle’s Defender Association for 28 years. He founded the Defender’s Racial Disparity Project. He has appeared at every level of state and federal court. He has been an expert witness in systemic denial of counsel litigation and in excessive defender caseload cases. He was co-investigator on a study of the costs of seeking the death penalty. He was lead researcher and co-author of "Minor Crimes, Massive Waste--The Terrible Toll of America's Broken Misdemeanor Courts." He is working on a Justice Department funded project with the Sixth Amendment Center to improve public defense in several states. He developed a seminar and a clinic on Right to Counsel and taught in the Youth Advocacy Clinic and criminal procedure courses. He developed a seminar on Law and the Holocaust and the Abuse of Executive Power. He wrote a paper for the American Constitution Society on diverting and reclassifying misdemeanors. He wrote an article for Seattle Journal for Social Justice on the right to counsel in misdemeanors. As founding president of Washington Defender Association and a founding member of the American Council of Chief Defenders, he has been instrumental in developing defender standards. He was a founding member of NAPD. As a Soros Senior Fellow and with a grant from the Foundation to Promote Open Society, he worked on right to counsel in four states. He has received numerous awards including the NACDL Champion of Indigent Defense Award.

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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)
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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. 

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