Rural Defender Network

Across a variety of topics and the shisms of contemporary politics urban and rural perspectives are often starkly different. While bigger places often speak with a bigger voices, leaders in rural America often feel unheard, misunderstood, and neglected. Myriad consequences of COVID-19 further exposed urban v rural deviations as they relate to technology infrastructure, remote access to the courts, and social services advocacy. NAPD hosts a monthly meetup for heads of rural offices in Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia. If you lead a rural public defender program and want to join our meetups, please reach out HERE