All who work in public defense know there is a problem -- we call it the "indigent defense crisis."  In 2002, NLADA established the Justice Standards, Evaluation and Research Initiative (JSERI) in order to concretely evaluate the depth and breadth of both successes and difficulties in indigent defense representation throughout the country, providing a measurement of public defense services against national standards.  JSERI's protocol for evaluation of any system combines a review of the jurisdiction's budgetary, caseload, and organizational information with site visits to observe courtroom practice and interviews of all key criminal justice system stakeholders and policymakers.

Publication Date: 02/19/2010

On August 16, 2007, a public defense attorney in Portage County, Ohio was appointed to represent a client on the very day the client's case was set to go to trial by jury.  The attorney asked for a delay to investigate and prepare, but the judge only gave him an extended 2 1/2 hour lunch break.  Unable to proceed with the trial, the attorney was arrested, convicted, and sentenced by the judge for contempt of court.

This Resolution issued, commending the public defense attorney for defending his client's right to effective assistance of counsel, and condemning the judge's actions.

Author/Organization: American Council of Chief Defenders (ACCD)
Publication Date: 08/25/2007

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Ohio's Chief Justice calls for reform of probation system

BY Jon Mosher on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 11:20 AM

An Associated Press story today notes the counter-productive consequences of disproportionate sentences on low-risk, non-violent offenders. By "exposing them to harsher probationary terms than they require" and "removing minor offenders from their communities, families and jobs makes it much more likely they'll commit more crimes and go back to prison." In the face of Ohio's ongoing budget woes, the state's chief justice says now is the time for sentencing reform.

Gideon Alert: Ohio Public Defender Commission to force change in Hamilton County (Cincinnati)

BY David Carroll on Monday, June 28, 2010 at 11:33 AM

On June 27th, 2010 the Cincinnati Enquirer reported about how the Ohio Public Defender Commission (OPDC) is forcing change to public defense services in Hamilton County, by withholding state reimbursements and potentially suing the county ov

NLADA evaluated the provision of right to counsel services in Hamilton County, Ohio (Cincinnati) at the request of the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners. This 2008 report found that poor people charged with crimes and facing a potential loss of liberty are not afforded the constitutional protections demanded by the U.S. Constitution, and that the solutions require statutory authority from the state legislature, funding beyond what the county can provide, and the cooperation of the courts, the prosecutors, law enforcement, and the private bar.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 07/2008

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Nuts & Bolts of Leadership & Management NDLI 2010

Event Date: 
Friday, September 24, 2010 - Sunday, September 26, 2010
Event City & State: 
Cincinnati, Ohio
Event Facility
Facility Name: 
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
Facility Address: 
151 West 5th Street
Facility Phone: 
(513) 579-1234
Facility Fax: 
(513) 354-4299

Odds are that you became a supervisor of others because you were an excellent trial attorney.  Yet helping other attorneys to achieve the best outcomes for their clients requires different and additional skills -- skills you were not taught in law school.  And, as you move into management levels in your public defense system, you are called on to engage with the public

Event Details: 

Materials & Presentations

Materials and presentations for this program are available only to the participants.  Registered participants may access them as they become available by joining the discussion group for this event.  Just click on Join the Group for this Event in the box to the right, and select the group name “Nuts & Bolts of Leadership & Management NDLI 2010.”


View the Agenda for the program here.

Brochure, Registration & Advance Preparation

Registration is now Open! 

The full Brochure is available here.  You may register on-line here or, if you prefer to pay by check and mail in your registration, please use the Registration form here.  Registration is on a first-come first-served basis.  Participation is limited to a maximum of 60 attendees, to ensure an effective and intimate small-group learning-by-doing environment.  Early registration closes July 16, so register soon to ensure your seat at the program and secure lower rates.

Participants in this program are required to prepare and submit in advance a Management Challenge.  The instructions for your Management Challenge are here.  It is due by September 10, 2010.

Hotel & Logistics

NLADA has arranged for sleeping rooms at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati Hotel.  Conference attendees staying at the conference hotel will receive a special housing rate of $115.00 single/double per night, exclusive of sales tax.  The deadline for making your hotel reservations is September 2, 2010, in order to receive the special conference rate.  After that date, requests for reservations will be accepted by the hotel on a space and rate availability basis.  All reservations must be guaranteed by credit card or deposit.  Be sure to inform the reservations agent that you are attending the NLADA conference in order to secure the discounted rate.  Check-in starts at 3:00 pm and check-out is at noon.

To make your reservations online: Visit the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati website.  Locate the Find Rooms and Rates box on the left-hand side of the page and enter the Check-in (9/23/10) and Check-out (9/26/10) dates, but do not change any other information including Number of Rooms (1), Adults (1), Children (0) and Rate Type.  In the Corporate/Group # box, enter the code "g-inal" and then click the Check Availability bar.

To make your reservations by phone, call (800) 233-1234 and let them know you are a part of the NLADA group.

Save The Date!

Please note the change in dates for this program.  In recognition of Yom Kippur, the program has been rescheduled to September 24 - 26, 2010.  Mark your calendars now, and check back regularly for updates on the conference hotel, agenda, and registration brochure.

If you have questions about your participation in this event, please contact the Conference Coordinator.

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