Communicating Negotiating Networking

The American Bar Association (ABA) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) are designing and implementing a pilot Public Defender Fellowship Program (PDFP) aimed at advancing best practices in indigent defense representation.  The project is funded by the United States Department of Justice and is implemented under the auspices of its Bureau of Justice Assistance. 

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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 these goals.  We are public defenders, so we want to keep our eye on providing the best...