Many misdemeanor courts across the country fail to provide lawyers to the indigent accused despite the constitutional imperative to do so. Those that do often provide lawyers who are so financially conflicted, or who juggle so many cases at once, or who are appointed so late in the life of a case, that the defendants have in effect no legal counsel advocating on their behalf. This leads to one of two results. Either the courts experience inordinate delays, with defendants waiting months in jail at taxpayers’ expense, or our courts become assembly lines to process poor people into jail or prison without adequately sorting the guilty from the innocent. Neither is acceptable.
Please join David Carroll, Executive Director of the Sixth Amendment Center, and Kathryn Marshall Ali, senior associate-in-charge of U.S. pro bono at Hogan Lovells US LLP as they discuss:
- The depth and breadth of America’s indigent defense failures
- How the private bar is positively impacting the crisis
- How you can get involved through representing public defenders pro bono when they need to declare case overload; leading teams of court observers to document local court practices; advocating for indigent defense reform with state and local bar associations; and/or providing research services to reform advocates
Don’t miss this important free briefing.
How the Private Bar Can Impact America's Indigent Defense Crisis
May 3, 2016
1:00 PM Eastern
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1 Credit In Most Jurisdictions
- David Carroll ~ Sixth Amendment Center
- Kathryn Marshall Ali ~ Hogan Lovells US LLP
- Program Attorney: Amy Taub ~ Practising Law Institute
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