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November 2003 , Page 44 

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Big shoes; News briefs

By NACDL Staff

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Big Shoes. That’s what I think about when I come to work in the morning. That’s what comes to mind when I think about Kate Jones and the work she did as NACDL’s Indigent Defense Counsel over the past three years. Kate’s little feet left incredibly big shoes to fill.  

Before she left, I followed Kate around for two weeks. I reviewed files and projects that she created. I tagged along behind her at meetings. I heard giants in the indigent defense community get choked up and teary-eyed as they spoke of Kate’s dedication, accomplishments and integrity.  

I am inspired by what I’ve heard, by all that Kate has done. And I am incredibly honored to be following in her footsteps.  

My first trial was a $100 court-appointed juvenile case in Alexandria, Virginia. By the end of the trial, I had earned less than $1.50 an hour.  

The realities of representing indigent clients were daunting. Unwaivable fee caps. Vouchers being cut. Delayed payments, sometimes for months at a time.

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