Public Defense Reform

NLADA studied the public defense delivery system in Cattaraugus County, NY, in 2007. This map shows the distance from the Public Defender office in Olean to each of the 40 courthouse locations within the county.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 03/16/2010

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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

Gideon Alert: understanding Alabama's "perfect storm"

BY David Carroll on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 1:32 PM

When elected judges have the authority to give out big payments for assigned cases without being fiscally responsible for doing so, a state like Alabama creates the “perfect storm” of characteristics that virtually guarantees ineffective assistance of counsel to the poor.  A great newspaper series from Mobile’s Lagniappe is starting to highlight these issues and

Robert L. Spangenberg

Speaker's Last Name: 
Spangenberg
Title: 
Research Professor
Organization: 
The Spangenberg Project, George Mason University
Phone: 
(617) 899-6615
Email: 
rspangenberg@spangenberggroup.com
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Professor Spangenberg specialized in civil legal services early in his career, developing the Boston Legal Assistance Project, a neighborhood civil legal services program, which he headed for nine years.  After a two-year foundation study of civil legal services in Boston and a statewide study of indigent defense in Massachusetts, Professor Spangenberg joined Abt Associates in Cambridge, M

Commissioned by the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Bar Foundation, this NLADA report focused on New Orleans' system for providing legal representation to low-income people charged with crimes, concluding that the New Orleans indigent defense crisis could not be fixed without comprehensive statewide reform and setting out a step-by-step blue print for legislative action in the 2007 Legislative session. Those reforms were eventually successful, with the passage of Act 307, The Louisiana Public Defender Act, creating the public defender system in place today.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 9/22/2006

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In advance of a public hearing on the Nevada caseload crisis before the Supreme Court, NLADA's Director of Research, David Carroll, submitted the following document for the Court's consideration. Mr. Carroll serves in an official capacity as advisor to the Supreme Court's Indigent Defense Commission. The letter details the excessive caseload crisis and offers recommendations including defining a uniform definition of a "case" and banning all flat fee contracts.

Author/Organization: David Carroll, NLADA
Publication Date: 10/09/2009

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Hearing on the Representation of Indigent Defendants in Criminal Cases: A Constitutional Crisis in Michigan and Other States?

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Publication Date: 03/26/2009

In March 2009, the US House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security held hearings to investigate the failure of a state to uphold the right to counsel for those accused of a crime, a right promised by the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This document is the written testimony of Dennis Archer, past president of the American Bar Association.

Author/Organization: American Bar Association (ABA)
Publication Date: 03/26/2009

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In March 2009, the US House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security held hearings to investigate the failure of a state to uphold the right to counsel for those accused of a crime, a right promised by the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Michigan Campaign for Justice submitted a packet written testimony. Includes testimony of MCJ, Michigan Judges Association, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, and more.

Author/Organization: Michigan Campaign for Justice
Publication Date: 03/26/2009

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