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NACDL News: NACDL Sponsors Hill Briefing on Federal Indigent Defense Crisis
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer
NACDL News columns.
Panelists at the Capitol Hill briefing stressed how severe budget cuts are damaging the indigent defense system.
On Sept. 17, 2013, Constitution Day, NACDL co-sponsored a congressional briefing — “Chipping Away at the Sixth Amendment: Federal Indigent Defense in Crisis” — at the Rayburn House Office Building. The purpose of the briefing was to alert Congress to the drastic and ongoing effects sequestration is having on the federal indigent defense system. It began with remarks by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA). NACDL Executive Director Norman Reimer then moderated a panel featuring Chief Officer Cait T. Clarke, Office of Defender Services, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; Professor Norman Lefstein, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law; Executive Director David Patton, Federal Defenders of New York; and National CJA Panel Representative Chip Frensley. The ABA’s Criminal Justice Section, Brennan Center for Justice, Federal Bar As
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