Event Calendar

Monday, August 3, 2020

Course: Resilient Leadership

Start Date: 8/3/2020 12:56 PM EDT
End Date: 9/11/2020 9:20 AM EDT

Venue Name: Online through NAPD's LMS System

Organization Name: National Association for Public Defense

Jeanie Vela
Email: jeanie.vela@publicdefenders.us
Phone: (303) 921-3736

Seeking to address COVID, budget reductions, difficult workloads, racial discrimination or any defender complexity in these uncertain times?  NAPD is offering a Resilient Leadership Online Course for just these issues.

August 3 - September 11, 2020
Price $550 for NAPD Members.  $700 for Non-Members


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Course weekly small group meeting times will be set by a poll of registrants to make sure it works with your schedule. 
The weekly meetings end the week of Sept 11.  There will be one more meeting set in mid October as a follow up. 
Learn more about NAPD Online Academy Courses - 10 min video
Led by Ed Monahan & Ernie Lewis
Audience -
Defender Chiefs, Deputies, and Leadership Team Members

Often defender leaders feel as if they are “ballroom dancing in the middle of a minefield” as they face the complexities of a pandemic, riots, reduced resources, safety concerns, attacks on independence, and excessive workloads.

In the unpredictable, chaotic and complex times defender organizations constantly face, NAPD is launching an online course for Defender Chiefs, Deputies, and Leadership Team Members. The course is conducted completely online.

When responding to a crisis, we have a choice. We can be overwhelmed, implement simple solutions, or act out of anger. Alternatively, we can open the door and delight in the unknown. This is a course about delighting in the unknown and creating a field of possibilities. By the end of this course, the participant's journey will produce a plan for addressing current adversity, complexity, and crisis in their office. The plan will build on strengths and will take advantage of additional options with regard to how they see and approach adversities, complexities, and crises.  

There are a total of 7 sessions. The first 6 sessions are over 6 consecutive weeks followed by a final session one month after the sixth session. Each session includes videos to watch at your convenience and other materials to review. Each session also includes an assignment that is based on your organization’s situation and you as a leader. The videos and assignment will be discussed in a weekly small Zoom group with a structured 1 1/2 hour discussion. Throughout the course, you will learn common sense models for what leaders can choose to do in dealing with unpredictable adversity, complexity, and crisis. You will develop a plan to address your organization’s complexity in a way that opens the door to opportunities. In taking this online course, you agree to keep conversations in the small group confidential.

Ed Monahan and Ernie Lewis will present and facilitate the small group discussions. These leaders have over six decades of combined experience as public defenders and have over two decades of combined experience of leading a statewide public defense program.

Ed Monahan

Ed Monahan is a national public defense consultant, trainer, testifying and consulting expert and Executive Director of the NAPD Fund for Justice, Inc. He began as a public defender in 1976 and was the chief defender of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy, the statewide public defense program, from 2008-2017. He is co-editor of the ABA’s Tell the Client's Story: Mitigation in Criminal and Death Penalty Cases (May 2017). Monahan is vice-chair of the ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division Council. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the National Association for Public Defense, and chaired the NAPD Education Committee for 5 years. Ed is a charter board member of the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a past president. Ed is a 1976 graduate of Washington D.C.’s Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.

Ernie Lewis

Ernie Lewis received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University in 1969, a Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt University in 1973, and a Juris Doctoris (J.D.) from Washington University in 1977.  He was a VISTA Volunteer in Minnesota in 1970.  He was with the Department of Public Advocacy from 1976 until 2008 in several different capacities, including appellate lawyer, local assistance branch manager, directing attorney of the Richmond Trial Office, and Regional Manager for the Central Kentucky Region.  He was appointed Kentucky Public Advocate in 1996, overseeing the statewide public defender system, and served in that capacity until 2008 when he retired from state government.  Since 1985, he has been on the faculty of the National College of Criminal Defense located at Mercer Law School in Macon, Georgia. He served for two years as Chair of the American Council of Chief Defenders from 2006-2007. He has worked on indigent defense issues with various groups in Georgia, North Carolina, Minnesota, Texas, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, and Louisiana.  In 2000, he was named Outstanding Lawyer by the Kentucky Bar Association.   In 2007, he was given the Champion of Indigent Defense Award by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  In 2008, he was given the Chief Justice’s Special Service Award.  He received the Department of Public Advocacy’s Professionalism and Excellence Award in 2003 and the Nelson Mandela Award in 2009. Since January of 2014, he has been serving as the Executive Director of the National Association for Public Defense. 

Online registration is currently unavailable. Please contact us via email or phone for assistance.