Cook County Public Defender Office Receives Creative Advocacy Grant


The NAPD Fund for Justice has awarded a Creative Advocacy Grant to the Cook County Public Defender Office to enhance the representation of public defense clients.


The grant dollars will go toward the launch of the Public Defender's new, innovative "ONE CALL" education campaign to raise public awareness of the legal services available through the Office’s Police Station Representation Unit (PSRU), which provides free legal representation to anyone held in police custody in Cook County, Illinois. The “ONE CALL” education campaign aims to increase the public’s awareness of the legal services provided by the Public Defender using various educational marketing materials, including social media communications to ensure that the communities who are most impacted by the criminal court system can quickly and easily access PSRU services.


The NAPD Fund for Justice Creative Advocacy Grant was created in April 2019 to provide support and encouragement to public defense programs. The awards mirror the spirit of the Public Defense Hall of Fame members, Jeff Adachi and Norman Lefstein, who provided client-centered creative advocacy that had significant benefit to public defense systems.