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NACDL News: NACDL Attends Second Annual Convening of the Right to Counsel National Consortium

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier

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Staff and members of NACDL attended the Right to Counsel (R2C) National Consortium Second Annual Meeting at the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 25, 2016.

The Honorable Sally Q. Yates, deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice, delivered the meeting’s keynote remarks. While she addressed the overburdened and underresourced public defender systems, she also spoke of the importance of the right to counsel at initial appearance:

[O]ur Constitution prizes the right to counsel in criminal proceedings. And regardless of whether the Supreme Court determines that the Sixth Amendment requires it, it is clear to me that our nation’s core values demand that all jurisdictions recognize the need for court-appointed counsel at a bail hearing. Not only is the defendant’s liberty at stake, so too is the fairness of our criminal justice system.

Additionally, Deputy Attorney General Yates discussed the efforts of the Obama administration’s clemency initiat

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