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.
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:
Members of NPAP enjoy numerous benefits including:
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.
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.