Vertical Representation

Gideon Alert: Pittsburgh symptomatic of Pennsylvania’s right to counsel problems

BY David Carroll on Monday, October 17, 2011 at 11:38 AM

"[D]ysfunctional family life is rarely observed by individual family members, who are so entrenched in the process that they cannot really see it for what it is." Thus concludes Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender Assessment, a report by the Institute for Law & Policy Planning (L&PP). The study, commissioned by Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), explains why it is that public defense attorneys within deficient systems cannot understand the depth and breadth of the on-going, chronic right to counsel problems in their own jurisdiction.  Because of that, public defense attorneys often cannot fix their own systemic problems.  The L&PP report remained hidden from public view for over two years and only came to light through the committed effort of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA) to get it released under Pennsylvania’s freedom of information laws.

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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Modifying the Order of the Appellate Division by reinstating the complaint and remitting for consideration of issues.

Author/Organization: New York Court of Appeals
Publication Date: 05/06/2010

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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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