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NACDL News: NACDL Endorses Public Defender Office Leadership Standards; Calls on Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to Hire Qualified Public Defender

By Ivan J. Dominguez, Alexandra Funk, and Ian Nawalinski

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At its midwinter meeting in New Orleans on February 17, 2018, NACDL’s Board of Directors adopted a resolution “Concerning Public Defender Selection.”

“It is increasingly clear that there is a critical need to preserve the independence of public defenders, whether local, state, or federal, and whether full-time defenders or private lawyers appointed via an assigned counsel system. This resolution addresses the question of independence as it relates to the selection of public defense administrators,” said NACDL President-Elect Drew Findling. “Consistent with NACDL’s principles and standards for public defense leadership set forth in the resolution, the Association is deeply concerned regarding the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors’ selection for interim Public Defender and calls upon the Board to act quickly in recruiting and hiring a Public Defender who has a demonstrated commitment to and experience in delivering high quality, effective, and zealous advocacy on behal

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