A Pilot Assessment of the Office of the Public Defender for Santa Clara County, California (San Jose)

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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