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Indigent Defense Gary Parker: 2003 Champion of Indigent Defense Award Recipient

Indigent Defense-- Gary Parker: 2003 Champion of Indigent Defense Award Recipient Stephen Bright

By Stephen Bright in December 2003
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Seattle Defense Attorney Colette Tvedt Appointed NACDL Indigent Defense Director
On May 8, NACDL announced the appointment of Colette Tvedt as indigent defense training and reform director. Tvedt has devoted her career over the past 25 years to representing poor people accused of crimes. She spent 18 of those years as a public defender and the last seven in private practice with Seattle law firm Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender, where she continued to represent the indigent by court appointment in state and federal court, as well as serving without pay on the board of one of Seattle’s public defender providers.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in June 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL President Discusses Indigent Defense, Concern About Restrictions On the Participation of Federal Defenders in Historic Clemency Project
On Aug. 22, NACDL President Theodore Simon delivered an important address to a conference of federal defenders and panel attorneys in Cleveland, Ohio, in which he expressed concern about the state of federal indigent defense.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in September 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: DOJ Acts Boldly in Case to Expose Indigent Defense Deficiencies

With the nation’s indigent defense system mired in a persistent crisis of underfunding as a result of the failure of the states to enforce the Supreme Court’s landmark Sixth Amendment right to counsel decision in Gideon v. Wainwright (1963), the Department of Justice has acted boldly in a case that seeks to expose the resulting deficiencies. In the case of Hurrell-Harring et al. v. New York, a class action brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union challenging systemic deficiencies in the indigent defense services in several New York counties, the Department of Justice, on behalf of the federal government, filed a Statement of Interest in the pending litigation on Sept. 25.

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in September 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Diane DePietropaolo Price Appointed Indigent Defense Training Manager

On Sept. 3, NACDL announced the appointment of Diane DePietropaolo Price as indigent defense training manager. In this role, she supports NACDL’s Indigent Defense Department and its broad efforts to support indigent defense providers across America. She also develops live and recorded trainings for public and private defenders who represent the indigent accused and will coordinate trainings in consultation with a national working group of public defense leaders and training experts.

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in September 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
Indigent Defense: The Rock Does Not Have to Roll

An Internet meme recently passed around by public defenders shows six panels with different photos and captions. The title “Public Defender” appears in large letters above the six panels. The first panel shows a huge high-capacity monster dump truck with this caption: “What my clients think I do.” The next panel — showing a gang of gun-wielding people who seem to be kidnapping a judge — is accompanied by this caption: “What prosecutors think I do.” In the third panel one sees a wine bottle and a glass of red wine: “What judges think I do.” The fourth panel depicts jail inmates going into a prison, through a revolving gate, and coming right back out: “What voters think I do.” The fifth panel shows a clip from To Kill a Mockingbird with Atticus Finch (actor Gregory Peck) sitting in the courtroom defending the falsely accused Tom Robinson (actor Brock Peters): “What I think I do.” The final panel shows Sisyphus rolling his mythical boulder up the mountain and is accompanied by this caption: “What I really do.”1

By Aric Cramer & Kent Hart in July/August 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
Indigent Defense

According to NACDL’s recent report surveying the various methods utilized by states to determine when an individual is indigent and entitled to appointed counsel, a majority of the states look to the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG) to find out whether a defendant qualifies for court-appointed counsel. On the surface, it would seem that this might be an objective yardstick of indigence, but in practice it proves to be prone to manipulation in myriad ways. For example, states can drastically reduce the number of eligible defendants by pegging eligibility to an unreasonably low multiple of the FPG, resulting in a self-created constitutional escape hatch absolving states from having to provide counsel to individuals making as little as $11,670 annually. The report, Redefining Indigence: Financial Eligibility Guidelines for Assigned Counsel, is available on NACDL’s website.

By Marissa Elkins in May 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Sponsors Hill Briefing on Federal Indigent Defense Crisis
Panelists at the Capitol Hill briefing stressed how severe budget cuts are damaging the indigent defense system.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in September/October 2013
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL’s Task Force on Federal Indigent Defense Convenes Inaugural Meeting
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.
By Ivan J. Dominguez in December 2013
Category: The Champion Magazine
Indigent Defense
Assistant public defenders have it really tough in the trial courtrooms. These lawyers are typically assigned to large caseloads in which surprises can arise at any time, even when meeting the client for the first time. First meetings can be very tense, and a lawyer must possess the required skills to resolve the tension and seek a favorable solution for the client.
By William P. Wolf in December 2013
Category: The Champion Magazine
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