The Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (SCLAID) was established in 1920 to examine issues relating to the delivery of legal services to the poor. SCLAID has provided expert support and technical assistance to individuals and organizations seeking to improve indigent defense and legal aid in states throughout the nation. The Committee convenes chief defenders, state supreme court justices, state legislators, bar and other leaders to engage in regional and national dialogue concerning improvements in indigent defense delivery and access to civil justice. 


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