This paper advocates for the nationwide education of future and existing public defense system professionals, fully prepared to undertake the governmental function of providing constitutionally required legal representation. It sets out a plan for the National Defender Leadership Institute (NDLI) to partner with law schools, strategically identified throughout the country to target a variety of law student and legal education communities, to develop and provide management and leadership for public defense system curricula, through: (a) a permanent 3-week summer Defender Leadership College; (b) graduate level elective courses in Public Defense Leadership & Management; and (c) graduate level degrees in Public Defense Leadership & Management.
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