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National Police Accountability Project (NPAP)

About the NPAP


  • Founded: 1999

Mission and History

Founded in January of 1999, the National Police Accountability Project (NPAP) is a non-profit membership organization made up of plaintiff's lawyers, law students and legal workers dedicated to ending police abuse of authority. The NPAP is part of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) which was founded in 1937 as the first racially integrated national bar association.

Today, the NPAP membership includes more than 500 civil rights attorneys across the United States. The organization is devoted to ending police misconduct by assisting its members with training and support, educating the public, and coordinated legal action. The project recognizes that one of the most serious violations of civil rights in the United States involves misconduct perpetrated by jail and prison personnel.

Civil rights lawyers working with the National Police Accountability Project specifically handle issues of police misconduct, including false arrest, police brutality, excessive force and cruel and unusual punishment.



NPAP Staff

Rachel A. Pickens

Executive Director
New Orleans, LA
Jane Clayton
Jane Clayton
Programs & Operations Manager
New Orleans, LA
Anna Omojola
Anna Omojola
Office Coordinator
New Orleans, LA

Board of Directors

Michael Avery

Suffolk University School of Law
Julia Yoo
San Diego, CA
Richard Samuel Paz
Culver City, CA

NPAP Members Active on Lawyer Legion

Brian Joslyn
Joslyn Criminal Defense Law Firm
Columbus, OH
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Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook
Walnut Creek, CA
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Morris W Thompson
Morris W. Thompson, P.A.
Little Rock, AR
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Ryan Gordon Blanch
The Blanch Law Firm
New York, NY
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David Helbraun
Helbraun Law Firm
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Contact the NPAP

National Police Accountability Project (NPAP)
2022 Saint Bernard Avenue Suite 124A
New Orleans, 70116

More About the NPAP


Applicants for membership in the NPAP must certify that he or she is a member of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), a lawyer who is actively engaged in representing plaintiffs in police misconduct litigation, or person involved in community efforts to address police misconduct.

NLG members pay $175 per year while non-members pay $195. Attorneys in the pubic sector or those working for non-profit organizations qualify for discounted rates. Even legal workers and law students can become members for only $25 per year.

Different membership levels are listed as follows:

  • Benefactor - $ 5,000.00
  • Sustainer - $ 2,500.00
  • Sponsor - $ 1,000.00
  • Supporter - $ 500.00
  • Friend - $ 250.00
  • Non-NLG Member - $ 195.00
  • NLG Member - $ 175.00
  • Non Profit Attorneys - $ 150.00
  • Legal Workers/New Attorneys - $ 75.00
  • Student - $ 25.00

Benefits of Membership

Members of NPAP enjoy numerous benefits including:

  • The opportunity to have a listing on the NPAP website designed with a "Find a Lawyer" membership directory that is searchable and open to the public;
  • Networking opportunities with some of the best civil rights and police misconduct plaintiffs' attorneys in the country;
  • Access to NPAP's members-only listserv where attorneys can share information and ask questions;
  • Discounts off the registration fees for CLE seminars sponsored by NPAP;
  • Discounts on NPAP Thomson Reuters/West publications;
  • Invitations to Conference Call Roundtables and Brown Bag Lunches;
  • E-mail bulletins regarding new cases and legal developments; and
  • Access to NPAP publications.

Since the COVID-19 crisis becane, the program began offering more virtual seminars and online ways for NPAP attorneys to share their expertise on hot topic issues.

Directory of Police Misconduct Lawyers in the United States

Lawyer Legion maintains a national directory of civil rights lawyers who represent victims of police misconduct which includes both NPAP members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when they search for an attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the NPAP and other professional associations. This includes recognition for NPAP members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the NPAP.

Use this directory to find a police misconduct attorney in your local area. Start by choosing your state from the list below.

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