Phyllis E. Mann


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Phyllis E Mann - Wed, 02/29/2012 - 12:14

Phyllis Mann, NLADA
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Mississippi has 82 counties and a statewide population estimated in 2009 at roughly 2.95 million. The felony trial courts are structured through 22 Circuit Court districts, with each comprising multiple counties.  As the NAACP-LDF so succinctly stated, with the exception of death penalty cases and felony appeals (since 2005), “the State of Mississippi does not contribute one dollar towards the representation of poor defendants. Instead, it requires counties to shoulder the full obligation of providing lawyers for the poor.”

Phyllis Mann, National Defender Leadership Institute (NDLI)
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02
2011
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Commonly referred to as Byrne/JAG grants, the official name is the "Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program."  The program is administered by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), and is described by BJA as "the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions."

Phyllis E Mann, NLADA
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02
2011
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From watching crime shows on television, we would all have the impression that a prosecutor stands on one side and a public defender stands on the other in every case, giving the appearance that their roles are exact mirror images of each other. But this is not true, for several reasons.

Phyllis E Mann, NLADA
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2011
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No one public defense delivery model is inherently better than another.  In fact, almost every jurisdiction, whether organized by state or county, uses a mixture of delivery systems to provide all of the representation that is required.  There are three basic forms of delivering indigent defense representation:

Phyllis Mann, National Defender Leadership Institute (NDLI)
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12
2010
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When your client is a veteran, there are significant social service resources potentially available to aid you in effectively representing your client.

Phyllis Mann, National Defender Leadership Institute (NDLI)
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The phrase “evidence-based practices” (EBP) is the catch-phrase of the day throughout our criminal justice systems.  But what exactly are these practices, how do they affect our clients, and what do we as defense attorneys need to know and do about them? 

Phyllis Mann, National Defender Leadership Institute (NDLI)
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08
2010
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Today the Department of Justice announced that it has issued a letter to chief justices and administrators of state courts regarding their obligation to provide oral interpretation, written translation and other lan

Phyllis Mann, National Defender Leadership Institute (NDLI)
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08
2010
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The National Legal Aid & Defender Association and the National Juvenile Defender Center are gathering information about the current state of case management and/or tracking systems being used by public defense agencies and systems around the country to capture information on both juvenile and adult clients.

Phyllis Mann, National Defender Leadership Institute (NDLI)
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07
2010
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It has often seemed that the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has focused primarily on addressing issues of criminal justice from the vantage point of law enforement, prosecution, and corrections, but perhaps that is beginning to change.  NIJ held its annual conference on June 14-16, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia.  As the research, development and evaluation agency of

Phyllis Mann, National Defender Leadership Institute (NDLI)
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03
2010
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Law school may teach us to "think like a lawyer," but it seldom prepares an attorney to defend a living breathing client who is charged with a specific criminal act where the prosecution will take place in a specific jurisdiction that has its own unique policies and procedures.  Instead, lawyers learn how to actually represent clients when they take their first jo

Phyllis Mann, National Defender Leadership Institute (NDLI)
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03
2010
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Say the words "strategic planning" and the eyes of many defense attorneys will immediately glaze over.  Yet having a concrete plan, measuring progress, and being able to prove that progress has occurred are all critical in convincing budgeting bodies and policy-makers that we as public defense attorneys are effective and accountable.  So, here we provide some

Phyllis Mann, National Defender Leadership Insttitute (NDLI)
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03
2010
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Public defense systems are constantly setting new goals, trying to implement new and better ways of representing clients, devising community education programs, and working to convince budgeting bodies and policy-makers of the importance of effective representation for the poor in our criminal justice systems.  We all need a simple plan that we can easily follow to achieve

Phyllis Mann, National Defender Leadership Institute (NDLI)
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03
2010
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Leaders from all areas of indigent defense gathered in Washington on February 18-19, 2010 to participate in the Department of Justice National Symposium on Indigent Defense: Looking Back, Looking Forward, 2000-2010.   In the hope of seeding successful reform efforts in more and more jurisdictions across the nation, the DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance has made

Phyllis Mann, National Defender Leadership Institute (NDLI)
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03
2010
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Chief public defenders from throughout the country will be meeting in Washington D.C.

Phyllis Mann, National Defender Leadership Institute (NDLI)
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02
2010
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The U.S.

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02
2010
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The Department of Justice held its National Symposium on Indigent Defense: Looking Back, Looking Forward, 2000-2010, in Washington, D.C.

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