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July and August 2011 , Page 14 

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NACDL and NLADA Host Convening on Padilla

By Malia Brink

On June 20-21, 2011, NACDL and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) co-hosted a convening of leading defense lawyers, law professors, and other stakeholders to discuss the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in Padilla v. Kentucky, which recognized that the legal advice and assistance provided by defense counsel must go beyond the direct outcome of a criminal prosecution. The sessions focused on the ability and potential obligation of defense lawyers to address the causes and broad consequences of the client’s involvement in the criminal justice system, as well as the potential of the Padilla decision to be a catalyst for widespread change within the defense community.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman of the New York Court of Appeals addressed the group and emphasized the importance of quality indigent defense to ensuring access to justice. Other sessions covered overcoming obstacles to enforcing Padilla, methodologies for cultivating expertise in different practice en

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