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January/February 2011 , Page 10 

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Michigan Indigent Defense Challenge Reinstated

On November 30, 2010, the Michigan Supreme Court decided that a systemic challenge to Michigan’s indigent defense system can proceed. The decision reinstates the Michigan Supreme Court’s original order, affirming the lower court’s decision to grant class certification in Duncan, et al. v. State of Michigan, Nos. 139345, etc. The eight plaintiffs in Duncan claim they were denied their constitutional right to counsel because the state failed to adequately fund its public defense system. NACDL filed a joint amicus curiae brief in the case with the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and The Constitution Project. The brief is available at www.nacdl.org.

NACDL Hosts Members of Kazakhstan’s Legal System

On December 15, 2010, NACDL hosted a meeting with a group of judges, prosecutors, and criminal defense lawyers during their visit to the United States from

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