State Public Defender

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

The Louisiana legislature passed the Louisiana Public Defender Act of 2007, ensuring that “all indigent criminal defendants who are eligible to have appointed counsel at public expense receive effective assistance of counsel at each critical stage of the proceeding” and “that the right to counsel is delivered by qualified and competent counsel in a manner that is fair and consistent throughout the state.” This report finds that the intention of the Louisiana legislature has yet to take root in Louisiana’s 15th Judicial District. There remains critical work to be done on the local level in fully implementing the significant reforms already achieved.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 06/2010

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Gideon Alert: Oklahoma indigent defense system in crisis

BY David Carroll on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 7:06 AM

The Oklahoma Indigent Defense System (OIDS) was created in the early 1990’s to represent all indigent adults and juveniles in 75 counties.  Staff public defenders handle all serious felony cases, death cases, direct appeals and post-conviction, while contract attorneys handle other felonies, misdemeanors and delinquency cases.  The two major urban counties (Tulsa

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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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

Randi M. Hood

Speaker's Last Name: 
Hood
Title: 
Chief Public Defender
Organization: 
Montana Office of the State Public Defender
Address
Street: 
44 W. Park Street
City: 
Butte
State: 
Montana
Zip Code: 
59701
Phone: 
(406) 496-6082
Fax: 
(406) 496-6098
Email: 
rhood@mt.gov
Photo: 

Randi M.

Lindy Frolich

Speaker's Last Name: 
Frolich
Title: 
Director
Organization: 
Colorado Alternate Defense Counsel
Address
Street: 
1580 Logan #330
City: 
Denver
State: 
Colorado
Zip Code: 
80203
Phone: 
(303) 832-5306
Fax: 
(303) 832-5314
Email: 
lindy@coloradoadc.com
Photo: 

Lindy Frolich is currently the Director of the Alternate Defense Counsel (ADC) in the State of Colorado.  She began her legal career as a deputy public defender in Colorado, where she practiced as both a trial and appellate lawyer.  Before joining the ADC, Lindy managed a private practice, specializing in criminal and juvenile delinquency cases, on both the trial and appellate levels.

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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