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2011 Indigent Defense News of Interest

NACDL is committed to ensuring quality representation for all accused individuals and has set out to help reform inadequate state and local indigent defense systems through technical assistance, public education, advocacy, and litigation. This page contains breaking news and cutting edge developments from 2011.

"Indigent Defense Advisory Commission created by Michigan Governor," Chicago Tribune, October 13, 2011.

"Groups Challenge Administration of Rights to Misdemeanor Defendants," The Florida Bar News, October 1, 2011.

"Indefensible: Public defenders are too overloaded to protect the rights of the accused," Reason, July 2011. 

"Legal Help for Indigent Parents," The New York Times, June 26, 2011.

"The Defense Can’t Afford to Rest," The New York Times, May 20, 2011.

"Public defenders need more funds: A letter to the editor," NOLA.com, May 6, 2011.

"NY Chief Judge Sets Goal to Provide Counsel at Arraignments," NLADA, May 3, 2011. 

"State’s Chief Judge Pledges More Aid for Poor in Courts," The New York Times, May 2, 2011.

 NACDL Press Release, John Gross Named NACDL Indigent Defense Counsel, April 26, 2011.

"House plan imperils county's justice system," Miami Herald, April 13, 2011.

"Fired public defender highlights ongoing indigent defense crisis," Legal News, March 7, 2011.

"B.R. court says New Orleans judges must assess $35 fee for public defender's office," The Times-Picayune, February 11, 2011.

"State bar calls for reform of public defense system," The Michigan Messenger, February 8, 2011.

"Public defenders challenge law that delays access to a lawyer," The Gazette, January 30, 2011.

"Colorado public defenders' workload growing even though criminal filings have fallen," The Denver Post, January 27, 2011.

"Public Defenders Sue 23 New Orleans Judges," Courthouse News Services, January 12, 2011.


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