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Book Review: Securing Reasonable Caseloads: Ethics and Law in Public Defense
By Stephen Hanlon
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Securing Reasonable Caseloads: Ethics and Law in Public Defense
By Norman Lefstein
American Bar Association (2011)
Reviewed by Stephen Hanlon
Norman Lefstein, former dean of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and the country’s leading expert on the delivery of indigent defense services in state criminal courts, has written a book that should be required reading for every public defender and every judge in America.
Securing Reasonable Caseloads: Ethics and Law in Public Defense is panoramic in its sweep of the field. For Dean Lefstein, the book reflects a lifetime of work in his remarkable career as a public defender, professor, and leader of the American Bar Association’s efforts to roll back five decades of willful blindness by judges and legislators — and yes, public defenders — to a horribly broken indigent defense system in this country, a system that dramatically undermines respect for the rule of law here and abroad.
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