On June 20-21, 2011, the Foundation for Criminal Justice supported NACDL and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) as they 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 environments, and potential changes to ethical and practice standards.
The event was co-sponsored by the ABA Criminal Justice Section Task Force on Comprehensive Criminal Defense Representation, the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics at Fordham University School of Law, and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Pictured: (1) N.Y. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman; (2) Bronx Defenders Executive Director Robin Steinberg; NACDL Past President Barry Scheck; ABA Criminal Justice Section Chair Bruce Green; (3) NACDL Past President Jim E. Lavine; J. Vincent Aprile II; Professor Yolanda Vazquez; and NLADA President and CEO Jo-Ann Wallace.