Steering Committee

The Steering Committee guides the organization, and is comprised of member-leaders who have risen to distinction through their contributions to the organization. During these initial years the steering committee provides much needed stability with the primary goal of shaping the organization into a self-sufficient and self-governing organization. The structure gives the NAPD an opportunity to grow and adjust organically prior to settling into a more formal structure, and ensures that the organization is true to its mission, vision, goals and values. The steering committee, working alongside the general NAPD membership, is working towards:

  • Securing necessary organizational funding/revenue;
  • Growing membership;
  • Reinforcing the overarching mission, vision, goals, and values;
  • Creating an institutional governance structure capable of sustaining NAPD; and,
  • Improving public defense throughout the country.

The Steering Committee is chaired by Paul DeWolfe and Derwyn Bunton is Vice-Chair. Stephen Hanlon is NAPD's General Counsel. Professor Norman Lefstein serves as a special advisor to the NAPD Steering Committee (non-voting). An Executive Committee serves NAPD, including members Derwyn Bunton, Dawn Deaner, Paul DeWolfe, Carlos Martinez, and Mark Stephens.

Committee Members:


NAPD News

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.
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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

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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. 
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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
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