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NACDL News: States Have Long Road Ahead to Ensure the Right to Counsel, New NACDL Report Finds
On Oct. 26, 2016, NACDL released a report that surveys the standards set by each of the 50 states to provide counsel in criminal cases to those who cannot afford to pay for a lawyer. The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution requires each state to ensure the right to counsel in any criminal prosecution. Prepared by John P. Gross,  assistant professor of clinical legal education and director of the Criminal Defense Clinic at the University of Alabama School of Law, Representation in All Criminal Prosecutions: The Right to Counsel in State Courts examines how states have designed their public defense policies in light of Gideon v. Wainwright and other Supreme Court cases interpreting the Sixth Amendment’s mandate. This is the third report in NACDL’s series Gideon at 50: A Three-Part Examination of Public Defense in America.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in December 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Sixth Amendment Center Releases Study of Public Defense in Indiana; Report Commissioned by NACDL
On Oct. 24, 2016, the Sixth Amendment Center released an important new study – The Right to Counsel in Indiana: Evaluation of Trial-Level Indigent Defense Services. As part of its public defense reform program, NACDL commissioned the Sixth Amendment Center to conduct an independent study of the state of public defense in Indiana and to produce this report. The report and recommendations were prepared primarily to aid in the work of the Indiana Indigent Defense Study Advisory Committee (IDSAC), which is composed of representatives from the Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana Legislature, State Bar Association, Public Defender Commission, Public Defender Council, Prosecuting Attorneys Council, Judges Association, and the Indiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in December 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: President Obama Commutes 351 Sentences in October and November; Clemency Project 2014 Surpasses 2,400 Submitted Petitions
After commuting the sentences of 200 prisoners in October, on November 4, President Obama commuted the sentences of 72 prisoners, and on November 22, another 79. That brings the total number of commutations granted by President Obama through November 2016 to 1,023, of which 523 were supported by Clemency Project 2014.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in December 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Staff Recognized for Outstanding Service
NACDL Staff Recognized for Outstanding Service.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in December 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Receives Outstanding Alliance Award from U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform
The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) presented NACDL with the Outstanding Alliance Award at its 17th Annual Legal Reform Summit on October 26, 2016, in recognition of the Association’s “important contributions to the fight for criminal justice reform.”
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in December 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Attends Second Annual Convening of the Right to Counsel National Consortium
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.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in December 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Public Defense Lawsuit in Kuren v. Luzerne County Allowed to Move Forward
On Sept. 28, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a decision in Kuren v. Luzerne County, a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of indigent criminal defendants in Luzerne County, Pa. The lawsuit alleges that Luzerne County’s failure to adequately fund the Office of the Public Defender (OPD), despite repeated requests for additional funding and implementation of reasonable cost-cutting measures, has led to a system in which OPD is unable to fulfill its constitutional duty to provide adequate representation for indigent criminal defendants.
By Diane Price in November 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Submits Comments on DOJ’s Proposed Uniform Language for Testimony and Reports
On Aug. 25, 2016, NACDL President Barry J. Pollack submitted comments on behalf of NACDL on the Department of Justice’s proposed standards for testimony and lab reports generated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Based upon its extensive experience reviewing testimony and lab reports in the Microscopic Hair Comparison Analysis (MHCA) Review in partnership with the DOJ, FBI, and the Innocence Project, NACDL offered specific comments on the Proposed Uniform Language for Testimony and Reports (ULTR) for the Forensic Hair Examination Discipline.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in November 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Sr. Privacy and National Security Counsel Jumana Musa Receives Major Civil Rights Award
Jumana Musa, senior privacy and national security counsel at NACDL, received the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) Ralph Johns Civil Rights Award on October 1. She received the award at ADC’s civil rights luncheon during its 2016 National Convention in Washington, D.C.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in November 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Represented at First-Ever White House Briefing on LGBT and HIV-related Criminal Justice Issues
The White House hosted dozens of formerly incarcerated LGBT people, policymakers, and advocates on Sept. 20, 2016, to discuss the unique challenges faced by LGBT people and people living with HIV in the criminal legal system.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in November 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
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