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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 2013. News Archive 


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"New public defender set to start amid questions about hiring process," by Manny Araujo, Eureka Times-Standard, February 18, 2017.

"New Mexico Judge Rules Against Underfunded Public Defenders," Associated Press, February 17, 2017.

"Lines softening on SF funding of public defense for immigrants," by Emily Green, San Francisco Chronicle, February 16, 2017.

"Opinion - Civil asset forfeiture: Fund public defenders instead of the police," by Jennifer Earl, The Hill, February 15, 2017.

"Overwhelmed public defenders fear losing their license, request more resources," by Erin Loranger, Missoulian, February 14, 2017.

"Michigan commission moves ahead with proposal for public defender standards," by Mateus Defaria, Michigan Radio, February 14, 2017.

"E. Clinton Bamberger Jr., pioneer in legal aid for poor," by Doug Donovan and Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun, February 13, 2017.

"Judges Say Broad Discovery Required Under New Bail Rules," by Michael Booth, New Jersey Law Journal, February 8, 2017.

"Maryland’s highest court overhauls the state’s cash-based bail system," by Ovetta Wiggins and Ann E. Marimow, The Washington Post, February 7, 2017.

"Bill to provide immigration law resources for public defenders across California is advanced by Assembly committee," by Jazmine Ulloa, Los Angeles Times, February 7, 2017.

"New Jersey Alters Its Bail System and Upends Legal Landscape," by Lisa W. Foderaro, The New York Times, February 6, 2017.

"New indigent defense lawsuit targets Gov. Edwards, state public defenders board," by Ken Daley, The Times-Picayune, February 6, 2017.

"National Panel Advises Judges On People Who Can't Pay Court Fees," by Joseph Shaprio, NPR, February 3, 2017.

"Buried Under Workload, Public Defender's Office Pushes Back," by Steven Hale, Nashville Scene, February 2, 2017.

"In New York, Demonstrators Demand Dollars For Indigent Legal Defense," by Karen Dewitt, WSHU, February 1, 2017.

"Federal judge dismisses ACLU lawsuit aimed at boosting New Orleans' indigent defense funding," by Ken Daley, The Times-Picayune, February 1, 2017.

"Bill seeks to include juvenile defendants under Utah’s Indigent Defense Commission," by Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, February 1, 2017.

"State Bar Blasts Cuomo Plan to Raise Lawyer Registration Fees," by Joel Stashenko, New York Law Journal, January 27, 2017.

"Federal judge approves settlement in parole lawsuit," by Andrea Salcedo, Chicago Sun-Times, January 25, 2017.

"Study cites due process violations in low-level courts as Charleston officials tout 'groundbreaking' improvement," by Andrew Knapp, The Post and Courier, January 21, 2017.

"Report: Nation's Criminal Defense Bar Documents "Sixth Amendment-Free" Proceedings in South Carolina Courts," NACDL News Release, January 18, 2017.

"New York Misses Opportunity to Lead the Nation on Public Defense Reform," by Barry J. Pollack, The Huffington Post, January 11, 2017.

"Some Democrats Critical of N.Y. Governor Following Veto of Public Defense Bill," by Mike Vilensky and Corinne Ramey, The Wall Street Journal, January 12, 2017.

"Judge James K. Bredar, assigned to oversee Baltimore consent decree, is former public defender," by Justin Fenton, Baltimore Sun, January 12, 2017.

"How Bail ‘Criminalizes’ Poverty," by TCR Staff, The Crime Report, January 10, 2017.

"Legislature Hears Proposed Changes To Montana's Public Defender Office," by Corin Cates-Carney, Montana Public Radio, January 9, 2017.

"Wisconsin's public defender: Kelli Thompson," by Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 7, 2017.

"Montgomery judge suspended for jailing people who couldn't afford fines," by Kent Faulk, AL.com, January 5, 2017.

"New York’s Unequal Justice for the Poor," by The Editorial Board, The New York Times, January 5, 2017.

"Forcing a District Attorney’s Hand," by Shaila Dewan, The New York Times, December 30, 2016.

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