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NACDL News: NACDL’s Task Force on Federal Indigent Defense Convenes Inaugural Meeting
By Ivan J. Dominguez
NACDL News columns.
The newly established NACDL Task Force on Federal Indigent Defense held its first meeting Nov. 25 at the association’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. At this meeting, among other agenda items, the task force was briefed by staff from the Office of Defender Services, including Cait Clarke, the head of that office.The task force will examine the current state of the federal indigent defense delivery system and will document the effects of sequestration. The task force will also evaluate the level of independence that the Office of Defender Services is afforded and will consider whether reforms are necessary to ensure adherence to the ABA’s Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System.
On Oct. 19, at NACDL’s Fall Meeting in Savannah, Ga., NACDL President Jerry J. Cox announced the creation of this critically important new task force to examine the effects that sequestration is having on the federal indigent defense delivery system, and to more broadly examine the feder
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