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Time to Update the ‘ABA Ten Principles’ For the 21st Century

By Norman Lefstein

Editor’s Note: Professor Norman Lefstein serves as a Special Advisor to the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense (SCLAID), which enables him to participate in committee meetings and to express opinions about defense issues that the committee addresses. Special advisors to American Bar Association committees are appointed by the president of the ABA. Professor Lefstein worked with SCLAID in the past as a consultant and served at various times as a committee member totaling 12 years, including in 2002 when the Ten Principles were approved by the ABA. However, the views expressed in this article are solely his and not necessarily those of SCLAID members or its staff.

In 2002 the American Bar Association House of Delegates approved the ABA Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System (Ten Principles), which were prepared and sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (SCLAID).1 Although the Ten Principles is a brief do

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