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Bright Spots in Public Defense: The Colorado Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel: Supporting Indigent Defense Through a Statewide Conflict Counsel System

By Kevin Bishop, Darren Cantor, Stacie Colling, Lindy Frolich, and Jonathan Rosen

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Editor’s Note: From time to time, The Champion magazine will shine a light on public defender offices that employ innovative practices designed to provide clients with the best representation possible. “Bright Spots in Public Defense” will feature offices that cultivate an atmosphere in which advocates can learn and grow. 

I. Introduction

Each state has its own system of providing counsel for indigent defendants. Colorado’s indigent criminal and juvenile defense system is bolstered by two important facts. First, Colorado is fortunate to have a state legislature that recognizes the importance of competent criminal and juvenile defense representation for indigent clients, and takes funding for indigent defense seriously. Like virtually every system in the country, Colorado’s indigent defense system still suffers from an inability to pay defense attorneys market rate fees. However, Colorado’s system is better funded than most. Second, Colorado has both a state-administered public defender’s

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