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Gideon Alert: Military build-up expected to make Guam public defender crisis worse

BY David Carroll on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Public defender services in Guam were formally created in 1968.  In 1975, legislation created the Public Defender Services Corporation (PDSC), an island-wide organization overseen by a board of trustees to assist low-income people with civil, criminal, and juvenile proceedings.  Through rule-making authority, the Board of PDSC has a power most public defenders in the c

As of May 2010, Harris County remains the most populous county in the United States that does not have a staffed public defender office. NLADA writes to commend the Harris County Board of Commissioners on their desire to enhance the current provision of services for indigent defendants in a manner that provides quality representation and fiscal predictability, as expressed in the 2011 Harris County Discretionary Grant Application Narrative. However, the structure of the proposed pilot office does not adequately address certain systemic deficiencies in public defense services that presently exist in Harris County and will fail to fully achieve the commission's laudable aims, as this letter details.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 05/20/2010

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Gideon Alert: New York Times highlights public defense crisis and the underfunding of legal services

BY David Carroll on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 12:43 PM

A New York Times editorial on May 17, 2010 identifies the nexus between our nation’s deficient right to counsel systems and the failure of policymakers to address the underlying societal issues that increase the need for indigent defense services today.&nbsp

Between 2006 and 2008, NLADA conducted an assessment of the public defense services in ten upstate New York counties.  This is the report of the findings in Jefferson County, New York.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 04/2009

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Gideon Alert: Poor performance costs Washington defender $2.9 million; inexperience, high caseloads, and "trying one's best" are no excuse

BY David Carroll on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 11:05 AM

On May 14, 2010, the Wenatchee World reported that a Chelan County public defender has agreed to pay a $2.9 million dollar settlement to a former client for admittedly providing ineffective assistance of counsel that led to the client’s wrongful imprisonment

Gideon Alert: Poor performance costs Washington defender $2.9 million; inexperience, high caseloads, and "trying one's best" are no excuse

BY David Carroll on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 11:05 AM

On May 14, 2010, the Wenatchee World reported that a Chelan County public defender has agreed to pay a $2.9 million dollar settlement to a former client for admittedly providing ineffective assistance of counsel that led to the client’s wrongful

Gideon Alert: Texas' Dallas County struggles with undue political & judicial interference

BY David Carroll on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 2:08 PM

An article in the Dallas Morning News  on May 12, 2010 discusses an impasse in the Dallas courts between the executive and judicial branches of government over how to make the courts more efficient.  At iss

NLADA began work in the winter of 2002 to develop a new assessment methodology that would help such programs incorporate national standards, including the ABA 10 Principles, and improve program performance while providing some access to national expertise. This evaluation of the Santa Clara County Public Defender was the first "pilot" assessment using that methodology. In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Gideon decision, in 2003 NDLI issued the Gideon Leadership Award of Excellence in recognition of contributions to the field of indigent defense management and leadership. Mr. Jose Villarreal received the Gideon Award in June of this year, for his leadership and innovation in the field of indigent defense. This report is additional evidence that the recognition was well deserved.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 12/2003

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Gideon Alert: New York's highest court allows NYCLU lawsuit to proceed

BY David Carroll on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 11:24 AM

On May 6, 2010, New York’s highest court ruled that the class action lawsuit brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) on behalf of indigent persons in five counties is an allegation “not for ineffective assistance under Strickl

Gideon Alert: Maryland public defender independence increased

BY David Carroll on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 5:00 PM

On May 4, 2010, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law Senate Bill 97 increasing independence for the state public defender agency.  The legislation expands the Public Defender Board from three members all appointed by the Governor to a thirteen-member board selected by divers