National Alliance of Indigent Defense Educators

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The National Alliance of Indigent Defense Educators (NAIDE) provides an unparalleled forum for defender trainers and other professionals with similar responsibilities to keep abreast of the latest legal developments, adult learning techniques, and breakthroughs in web-based or other distance-learning technologies. This section encourages mutual support and networking, as well as life-long learning among defenders. NAIDE also helps define and establish training best practices and standards for public defense delivery systems.

NAIDE welcomes all those working in or with the indigent defense system who have some responsibility for training others, either because it is officially part of a job description or is “just the way things are.” Participants range from directors of organization-wide training programs to supervisors or staff developing a one-time training for attorneys, professional staff, or administrative/support staff. 

NAIDE members share information through a listserv and train-the-trainers sessions at NLADA conferences. NAIDE also advises other NLADA sections, such as the American Council of Chief Defenders on best practices in defender training.

NAIDE Leadership

Gina Pruski
Director of Training and Development
Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office
Madison, WI

Travis Stearns
Vice Chairperson
Attorney and Training Director
Washington Appellate Project
Olympia, WA

Shawna Geiger
Past Chairperson
Training Director
Office of the Federal Public Defender, Districts of Colorado & Wyoming
Denver, CO

Melinda K. Pendergraph
Training Director
Missouri Office of State Public Defender
Columbia, MO

Beau Rudder
Director, Training Division
Mississippi Office of State Public Defender
Jackson, MS


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