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The American Council of Chief Defenders is a national community of public defense leaders dedicated to securing a fair justice system and ensuring high quality legal representation for people facing loss of life, freedom, or family. Its mission is to:

  • Train and support chief defenders
  • Speak as a national voice for public defense
  • Promote best practices in the leadership, management, and administration of justice
  • Support development and reform of public defense systems

ACCD is a practice section of NLADA. It draws from NLADA’s network of defenders to bring together chief and deputy chiefs of diverse indigent defense programs, including public defender offices, assigned counsel systems, and contract systems. ACCD members collaborate through a listserv and annual conferences.

ACCD makes its voice heard to public defense systems, policymakers, and the public through advocacy, position papers, and resolutions. Its most recent publications include:

ACCD Leadership

Stan German
Chair
Executive Director
New York County Defender Services

 

Keir Bradford Grey
Immediate Past Chair                                                     Chief Defender
Defender Association of Philadelphia

 

Dean Beer
Chair, System Development
Chief Public Defender
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

 

Gary Pearlmutter
Chair, Standards and Best Practices
Committee Director
Coconino County Legal Defender's Office

 

Please contact Defender Legal Services if you have any questions or are interested in becoming a member.

 

ACCD CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Strengthening the Sixth Amendment:

How to Increase Resources for Public Defense

The American Council of Chief Defenders (ACCD) Conference will convene a national community of public defense leaders dedicated to securing a fair justice system and ensuring high quality legal representation for people facing loss of life, freedom, or family. This conference is open to chiefs and deputy chiefs of diverse indigent defense programs, including public defender offices, assigned counsel systems, and contract systems. CLE will be provided.

The conference will be held in Memphis, Sunday, September 8th (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) through Monday, September 9th (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

To Register, Click Here.


Sheraton Downtown Hotel

Memphis, TN

September 8-9, 2019

 

Day One Agenda

Sunday, September 8, 2019

 

 

  1. ACCD Chair Welcome                                                         3:00 pm – 3:05 pm

        Presented by Stan German

 

 

  1. How to Increase Diversity in Public Defender Offices     3:05 pm – 4:00pm 

         Presented by Nena Carter on behalf of BPDA

This presentation will discuss why diversity and inclusion is important to public defender offices and offer strategies on how chief defenders can diversify and strengthen their workforce and advocacy for the clients they serve. 

 

  1. ACCD Committee                                                                 4:00pm – 4:30pm

·       National Voice

·       Standards and Best Practices

·       System Development

 

  1. ACCD Pre-trial Taskforce                                                    4:30 pm – 6:00 pm                                                                                                                         Review Findings from June Meeting & Define Next Steps

 

  1. ACCD Member Reception                                                   6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

 

 

 


Day Two Agenda

Monday, September 9, 2019

 

                            

  1. ACCD Member Updates                                                      9:00 am  -10:00 am

        (Victories, Challenges, Comments)

 

  1. How to Make the Case for Public Defense                        10:00 am- 11:00 am

         Presented by Stan German

 This presentation will discuss how chief public defenders can effectively advocate for resources to support the Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel.  It will highlight and discuss effective strategies used by public defenders to increase resources.

 

  1. Break                                                                                      11:00 am – 11:30 am

 

  1. Strengthening the Sixth Amendment                                  11:30 am- 12:00 pm

         By Rosalie Joy

  1. Lunch                                                                                      12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

 

  1. Sharing Proven & Effective Strategies                                 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
    1. Holistic Defense
    2. Advocacy & Community Engagement
    3. Chief Judges
    4. Litigation

 

The session will focus on the leadership and advocacy skills used by chief defenders to increase public defense funding.  We will hear from chiefs who have used different approaches to increase funding. 

 

  1. Connecting Public Defense to System-Wide Reform            2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

 

This strategy session will provide leadership tools and worksheets for chief defenders to utilize to assist them in developing strategies to demonstrate how public defense funding results in system-wide reforms.

 

  1. Announcements and Close                                                        2:45 pm -3:00 pm
    1. NLADA Annual Conference/ACCD Meeting (Nov 2019)
    2. Appellate Defender Training (January 2020)  

 

To Register, Click Here.