About Us

The National Police Accountability Project (NPAP) was founded with the intent to end police abuse of authority and to provide support for grassroots and victims’ organizations combating police misconduct.

NPAP is a membership organization of plaintiffs’ attorneys who work on police misconduct cases. The Project uses a variety of means to communicate with its members. We are on the cutting edge of online continuing legal education with a members-only listserv for sharing legal analysis, litigation strategy and information regarding expert witnesses and other topics, and email bulletins regarding new cases and legal developments. Throughout the year we offer a number of continuing legal education seminars across the country, taught by the most knowledgeable and dynamic experts engaged in police misconduct litigation.

NPAP is a project of the National Lawyers Guild, which was founded in 1937 as the first racially integrated national bar association. For decades, Guild members have been at the forefront of the fight against police misconduct through litigation and community organizing. The National Police Accountability Project is a natural outgrowth of these efforts.

The project provides:

  • training and support for attorneys and legal workers
  • public education and information around issues relating to police misconduct
  • information and resources for non-profit and community groups who work with victims of police abuse
  • support for legislative reform efforts aimed at raising the level of police accountability
  • a forum for legal professionals and community organizations to come together and creatively work to end police misconduct

These services are sustained by a national network of member attorneys, police accountability experts and NPAP staff.