Valparaiso University Law School is thrilled to be the host to the National Association for Public Defense's 2015-2016 trainings.  We believe in the commitment of our justice system to effective representation of the poor, and look forward to working with NAPD at its 2015 Executive Leadership Institute in July, its Supervisor’s & Manager’s Training in March 2016, and in the years to come.

On June 29-July 1, 2015, NAPD will host its Executive Leadership Institute at Valparaiso Law School in Valparaiso, Indiana. The name of the program is, “Client-Centered Leadership.” One of NAPD’s strategic goals over the next five years is to become the primary trainer of public defense leaders, and I have been pleased to help develop this outstanding program.

Leaders will bring their most significant leadership challenge to the institute, where they will spend significant time working on solution strategies. They will explore their challenge through the lens of five areas of executive leadership:  principles of client-centered leadership, understanding and using culture, developing other client centered leaders, external leadership, and communication.  The heart of the program will be intensive small group work, where coaches will work with leaders to employ the ‘Four Frames’, ‘Strategic Triangle’, and ‘Adaptive Leadership’ models to analyze and solve their challenges.  There, participants will share and address each other’s local challenges and successes.  With 16 faculty, there is a 3:1 leader: faculty to coach ratio for this training.
Click here to download the NAPD Executive Leadership Institute brochure

This training is designed to serve new and veteran leaders in federal, state, county, contract and assigned counsel systems.  Leaders of investigators, social workers, administrators, and other public defense leaders are welcome to attend.  NAPD is uniting a new generation of leaders with veteran experts in order to most effectively address public defense needs around the country. NAPD’s leadership trainings provide practical, relevant skills to support leaders bringing cultural change to their offices, their justice systems, and their communities.

Faculty include: Ilham Askia (Executive Director, Gideon’s Promise), Anthony Benedetti (Chief Counsel, Committee for Public Counsel Services, MA), Cait Clarke (Chief, Defender Services, Administrative Offices of US Courts), Anne Daly (Division Director, SCRAP, King County Department of Public Defense, Seattle, WA), Dawn Deaner (Public Defender, Metropolitan Nashville & Davidson County), Raj Jayadev (Organizer, Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project, Silicon Valley De-Bug), Rick Jones (Executive Director, Harlem Neighborhood Defender Service), Carlos Martinez (Public Defender, Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office), Ed Monahan, (Public Advocate, Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy), Mary Moriarty (District Defender, Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office), Ndume Olatushani (consultant, Children’s Defense Fund, Tennessee death row exoneree), Jon Rapping (President and Founder, Gideon’s Promise), Mark Stephens (District Defender, Knox County Community Law Office), John Stuart (retired State Public Defender, Minnesota), Bill Ward (State Public Defender, Minnesota Board of Public Defense), Tim Young (Ohio Public Defender), and Lorinda Youngcourt, Chief Defender, King County Department of Public Defense).