Strategic Plan

Below are the NAPD Focus Areas and Goals for 2014-2019. The strategies to achieve these goals are undertaken through out AmicusEducation, Fines & FeesITJuvenileMyGideon, Racial JusticeSteering, Systems Builders and Workload Committees, as well as the work of our Ethics Counselors, Strike Force and Leadership Institute Workgroup. Please refer to these committee pages for more information and points of contact.


  • NAPD’s membership reaches all public defense systems.
  • NAPD is affordable and accessible to all.
  • NAPD serves all practice areas and professions.
  • NAPD is clearing-house for jobs in public defense systems.


  • Education including webinars, blogs and live programs serve all members and system members.
  • MyGideon is the best resource in the public defender community.
  • NAPD becomes the primary defender trainer for leaders and supervisors.
  • NAPD is available to build training programs in other jurisdictions.
  • NAPD develops and trains on the ethics of public defense professionals, including social workers, psychologists and others.


  • NAPD leads the effort to end excessive workloads.
  • NAPD advocates for resources for defender organizations, including assigned counsel and contract systems that will enable them to provide high quality advocacy.
  • NAPD identifies best practices that use evidence-based policies to improve client outcomes.


  • NAPD supports organizational and individual members when they are under threat of a sanction.
  • NAPD supports member organization on litigation of public defense issues.
  • NAPD provides assistance for advocating for policy change.
  • NAPD provides resources to the community to proactively address systemic issues like mass incarceration and racial disparity.


  • NAPD builds an inclusive culture that remains cutting edge, virtual, grass-roots and client-centered.
  • Leadership structure is national in scope and embraces diversity including representation from all delivery systems.
  • NAPD has an effective business model.


  • NAPD becomes the leading voice for public defense issues.
  • NAPD sets the national public defense agenda and advocates its message and values to policy makers and media.
  • NAPD facilitates the sharing of knowledge and expertise of its members with each other and as part of the national conversation.


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