Constitution Day 2013 Hill Briefing -- Federal Indigent Defense Crisis
YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO A CONSTITUTION DAY 2013 BRIEFING: “CHIPPING AWAY AT THE SIXTH AMENDMENT:
FEDERAL INDIGENT DEFENSE IN CRISIS”
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013, AT 2:00 PM
2226 RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING
INDEPENDENCE AVENUE SW & SOUTH CAPITOL STREET
Nearly fifty years after its establishment by Congress, the federal indigent defense system faces an existential crisis. Federal defender organizations lost approximately 10% of their budget in 2013, leading to significant layoffs, 15-20 day furloughs, scant funds for vital case expenses, case delays, and other administrative burdens on the courts. Underpaid court-appointed attorneys recently suffered a 12% rate cut and lengthy payment deferrals. If no action is taken, federal defenders could suffer a further 10% budget cut in FY 2014, devastating this once model program. The twin cuts to both federal defender offices and appointed attorneys jeopardize our hybrid system of well-qualified public and private attorneys, placing the Sixth Amendment and the integrity of our federal criminal justice system at risk.
Please join the following individuals and organizations for a Constitution Day discussion of the past, present and future of the federal indigent defense system.
- Rep. John Conyers
- Rep. Bobby Scott
- Norman L. Reimer (moderator) – Executive Director, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Cait T. Clarke – Chief Officer, Office of Defender Services, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
- Norman Lefstein, Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law; former consultant, ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (SCLAID); Reporter for Justice Denied: America's Continuing Neglect of Our Constitutional Right to Counsel (2009), sponsored by the Constitution Project and NLADA
- David Patton – Executive Director, Federal Defenders of New York
- Chip Frensley – National CJA Panel Representative
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
Refreshments will be provided.
SPONSORED BY: ABA Criminal Justice Section, NACDL, Brennan Center for Justice, Federal Bar Association, ACLU, NLADA, Constitution Project, American Council of Chief Defenders