Category Archives: Public Defender

“Gideon Voucher” Experiment Offers Client Choice

Adam Liptak has a fascinating piece in today’s New York Times that includes discussion of an experimental “Gideon Voucher” system to be tried in Comal County, Tex with funding from the Texas Indigent Defense Commission. The article contrasts it to … Continue reading

Posted in Defender Programs, Funding, Mixed Model, Public Defender, Systematic Change | 1 Comment

Greater DOJ Inlolvement in Defense Services Issues Gets Attention

The intervention by the Department of Justice in the quality of indigent defense services — very much a first from this administration — is getting deserved praise.  NPR had a story: . . . an unprecedented recent court filing from … Continue reading

Posted in Dept. of Justice, Funding, Public Defender

Memories of a Mentor, and Honoring a Prosecutor

On the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainright, I keep thinking about one of my mentors, Brownlow (Browny) Speer, who died a few weeks ago. Browny was Chief Appellate Attorney of first the Massachusetts Defenders Committee, and then its successor, … Continue reading

Posted in Access to Justice Generally, Criminal Law, Legal Ethics, Public Defender, Vocation

Webinar on Fedeal Funding Resources for Public Defenders

The webinar description (Strengthening Indigent Defense: Understanding State and Federal Resources, posted by the National Criminal Justice Association) says it all: This webinar (now online) will showcase the Justice Department’s efforts to encourage jurisdictions to bring all system stakeholders together … Continue reading

Posted in Funding, Public Defender

ABA Sets Up Juvenile Collateral Consequences Site

This site is  nice clean example of using technology to alert people to problems that they might otherwise ignore.  It is designed to let juveniles think about the possible consequences of juvenile pleas that go beyond the obvious. I also … Continue reading

Posted in Legal Aid, Public Defender