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Become a member


We work to serve the needs of the black public defense community, their clients and the Black community at large. We are always looking for those eager to give back to the Black public defense community to join our membership.

The Black Public Defender Association (BPDA) is a section within the NLADA defender community, and it is dedicated to the recruitment, support and development of Black defenders that advocate on behalf of indigent populations in the legal system. We recognize the extreme over-representation of low-income Black people in the legal system, and the under-representation of Black advocates in the public defense profession. Our goal is to promote diversity and inclusion within the public defender community.

Cost: $50

How to join: Add a Black Public Defender Association Section to your Individual NLADA Membership application. Questions? Contact membership@nlada.org.

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