Articles and Publications

Executive Summary and Recommendations: Securing Reasonable Caseloads: Ethics and Law in Public Defense 2012
by Professor Norman Lefstein

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Securing Reasonable Caseloads: Ethics and Law in Public Defense 2011
by Professor Norman Lefstein

This publication has been sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. In a Foreword to the book, William Sessions, former Director of the FBI writes the following: "For all those committed to justice … this is a vital book by the nation's leading scholar on indigent defense systems. … [I]t is truly the first of its kind in a sorely understudied field."

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The State of Criminal Justice 2010The State of Criminal Justice 2010

Authors from across the criminal justice field provide essays on topics ranging from white collar crime to international law to juvenile justice. This annual publication examines and reports on the major issues, trends and significant changes in the criminal justice system. As one of the cornerstones of the Section's work, the publication serves as an invaluable resource for policy-makers, academics, and students of the criminal justice system alike.


Indigent Defense: National Developments in 2007
By: Georgia N. Vagenas
Criminal Justice, Winter 2008, Volume 22, Number 4


Review of National Indigent Defense Developments
Dialogue Magazine, Summer 2007
By Georgia Vagenas
A round up of legislative and policy developments affecting state indigent defense systems.


From The Chair...
Dialogue Magazine, Winter 2007
By Deborah G. Hankinson, Chair of SCLAID
Read the Chair's column on ABA Formal Opinion 06-441 regarding excessive defender caseloads.


One Year Later: Right to Counsel Still Elusive for Indigent Defendants in New Orleans
Dialogue Magazine, Summer 2006
By Georgia Vagenas
"The Crisis in New Orleans' indigent defense system reveals flaws that existed well before Hurricane Katrina came ashore."

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