Defender

NLADA was contracted to evaluate current practices and recommend alternatives for improving the efficient use of attorneys and staff in the Clark County Public Defender Office (CCPDO) of Las Vegas, Nevada. This 2003 report determined that the majority of the problems preventing the office from providing adequate representation in an effective and cost-efficient manner were created in years past, creating a longstanding institutional culture that placed a priority on attorney autonomy over the collective health of the organization.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 03/2003

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NLADA evaluated indigent defense services in Michigan, based on a ten-county sample, under a concurrent resolution of the Michigan Legislature. This 2008 report finds that the state of Michigan fails to provide competent representation to those who cannot afford counsel in its criminal courts.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 06/2008

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At the request of the Louisiana State Bar Association and Louisiana State Bar Foundation, NLADA evaluated the Orleans Parish public defender system, both pre- and post-Katrina (Hurricane Katrina of August 2005). This 2006 report concludes that the problems of the Orleans indigent defense system cannot be fixed within the boundaries of the parish and that long-lasting reform will necessarily take comprehensive statewide legislative action.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 09/2006

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NLADA studied a rural Parish in Louisiana -- Avoyelles Parish --to understand how public defense services were provided in non-urban jurisdictions. This 2004 report finds that, in direct violation of state and federal constitutions, Louisiana government had constructed a disparate system that fostered systemic ineffective assistance of counsel due primarily to inadequate funding and a lack of independence from undue political interference.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 03/2004

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At the request of the Idaho Criminal Justice Commission and the Idaho Juvenile Justice Commission, NLADA evaluated adult & juvenile trial-level public defense services, based on a seven-county sample. This 2010 report finds that the state of Idaho fails to provide the level of representation required by our Constitution for those who cannot afford counsel in its criminal and juvenile courts.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 01/2010

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NLADA evaluated the Office of the State Appellate Public Defender (SAPD) at their request to assess the office's development over its eight-year existence, note its accomplishments, and identify improvements in service. This 2007 report offers assessment and recommendations with the understanding that even a competent appellate defender office is still capable of improvement and advancement.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 06/2007

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NLADA assessed the office of the Public Defender Services for the District of Columbia (PDS) against prevailing national standards and best practices. This 2008 report finds that the client-centered PDS stands in contradistinction to the national phenomenon of indigent defense systems in crisis.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 08/2008

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The Department of Justice held its National Symposium on Indigent Defense: Looking Back, Looking Forward, 2000-2010, in Washington, D.C.

Author/Organization: Phyllis E. Mann
Publication Date: 02/18/2010

Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kelley keynote address at United States House Judiciary Committee event at Wayne State University (Detorit), December 14, 2009. Briefing on solutions to indigent defense crisis. Speech highlight findings of NLADA's 2008 report entitled “Race to the Bottom: Speed and Savings over Due Process”

Author/Organization: Michigan Supreme Court
Publication Date: 12/14/2009

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On December 14, 2009, the United States House Judiciary Committee sponsored an event in Detroit to focus attention on the national indigent defense crisis.  The Chief Justice of Michigan gave the keynote speech to start the day that was one of the strongest speeches by a sitting chief justice on the failur

Author/Organization: David Carroll
Publication Date: 02/09/2010