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By Jack King
NACDL News columns.
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers chose long-time advocate Norman Lefstein as the recipient of NACDL’s 2005 Champion of Indigent Defense Award. Lefstein is a Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus of the Indiana University School of Law — Indianapolis.
As Chair of the Indigent Defense Advisory Group of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants for the past six years, Lefstein has been responsible for overseeing the ABA’s efforts to improve indigent defense systems around the country. Most recently, Professor Lefstein oversaw the research and writing of a comprehensive report on the nationwide crisis in indigent defense. The report, Gideon’s Broken Promise: America’s Continuing Quest for Equal Justice (February 2005), concludes that thousands of people are processed through America’s courts every year either with no lawyer at all or with a lawyer who does not have the time or resources to provide effective representation.
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