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Gideon Alert: New Mexico Voters Approve Independence of Public Defender

BY on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Among the recent election results, the passage of a Constitutional Amendment in New Mexico stands as a significant milestone in public defense reform.  The state is now in compliance with Principle #1 of the ABA Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System – that the “public defense function, including the selection, funding, and payment of defense counsel, is independent.”

This letter regarding Washoe County's early case resolution (ECR) program was sent in response to Washoe assistant DA Helzer's letter to David Carroll, NLADA. 

Author/Organization: David Carroll, NLADA
Publication Date: 04/29/2008

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David Carroll's letter to the Justices of the Nevada Supreme Court argues their recent administrative docket order (ADKT411) established clear performance guidelines for public defense attorneys, thereby requiring an adjustment of Washoe County's so-called early case resolution (ECR) program to meet the Court's guidelines.

Author/Organization: David Carroll, NLADA
Publication Date: 04/18/2008

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This is a progress report on implementation by the Riverside County Public Defender Office (RPDO) and Riverside County of NLADA’s Evaluation Report recommendations submitted in January of 2000. This report reflects the findings of an NLADA team with respect to activities, corrective actions and achievements by the RPDO and the County in the sixteen months since the Evaluation Report was submitted. It is current as of May 1, 2001. 

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Publication Date: 06/2001

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Riverside County contracted with the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) to conduct an evaluation of its Public Defender Office. Scott Wallace, Director of Defender Services for NLADA, recruited a team of experienced public defenders with extensive experience as managers and litigators, and in conducting management audits of indigent defense programs.
 

 

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Publication Date: 01/2000

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Watch the BJA Webinar on the Right to Counsel

BY Jon Mosher on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 5:03 PM

For those who missed the March 8 webinar, "The Right to Counsel: Standards & Solutions in a Downturned Economy," fret not ... We have posted the webinar onto our website, and you can watch it in its entirety here.  The webinar was presented by NLADA's research director David Carroll, on behalf of the USDOJ/BJA's National Training and Technical Assistance Center.

On March 8, NLADA research director David Carroll conducted a national webinar on behalf of, the DOJ/BJA’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC). While state policymakers work to construct indigent defense systems that meet basic foundational national standards, prudent use of taxpayer dollars requires that they concurrently decrease the need for public defense attorneys by removing non-violent, low-level felonies and misdemeanors from the formal justice system through diversion and/or reclassification of crimes to infractions where it is safe, reasonable and prudent to do so. The presentation explores the state of the right to counsel in America, offers insight into current national standards, and presents practical solutions to public defense problems that threaten our courts' abilities to produce verdicts that are fair, correct, swift and final. The hour-long webinar includes a 40-min presentation followed by 20 mins of questions and answers.

Author/Organization: David Carroll, NLADA
Publication Date: 03/08/2011

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These appellate standards are divided into two parts. Part I sets out specific criteria for assuring the quality of legal representation in appellate matters. These include the structural requirements necessary to ensure quality, as well as attorney performance objects that define quality representation on behalf of the client. Part II sets out specific criteria for assuring the efficiency of legal representation in appellate matters. These include effective management procedures and office policies, as well as attorney procedures for the preparation of appellate briefs and other client-centered operations.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 1980

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The ABA’s Providing Defense Services (1992), Standard 5-1.5 calls for access to ongoing training for public defense attorneys.  The preface to the NLADA defender training standards also states: “Continuous improvement and training are critical to competence.” And as NLADA’s Performance Guidelines for Criminal Defense Representation (1995) define specific criteria for attorney competence, these Defender Training and Development Standards establish guidelines for the creation and implementation of ongoing training programs for defender systems against those performance criteria.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 1997

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