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.


July 1, 2018: General Registration opens for the “WE THE DEFENDERS” TRAINING CONFERENCE,  November 26-29, 2018, Indianapolis, IN

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. Registration closes Septemebr 3.
This one of a kind conference is developed through surveys of the registrants.   You have a say in what sessions are offered and will have multiple options during the conference.
Click here to watch as the schedule develops based on your suggestions.
Click here to see the faculty list. 
Click here to register for the Investigator Conference Track.
Click here to register for the Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate Conference Track.
Click here to make a hotel reservation at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

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

January 17, 2018: The 2018 NAPD Investigators Conference and 2018 Social Workers & Sentencing Advocates Institute (March 26-29, 2018 in Denver, CO) are now at full capacity and closed for registration. A wait list is being developed.

November 28, 2017: NAPD has uploaded videos of the presentations from the 2017 NAPD Workloads Conference in St. Louis (held November 17-18). Members can access these valuable presentations on MyGideon by logging into their NAPD account.