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New tool tracks indigent defense caseloads, serves as nationwide model

New tool tracks indigent defense caseloads, serves as nationwide model

By John Glynn

Stephen F. Hanlon, chair of the Indigent Defense Advisory Group of the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, discusses “The Missouri Project: A Study of the Missouri Defender System and Attorney Workload Standards,” a quantitative analysis of the workload of Missouri public defenders. The report underscores the value of caseload tracking and improved empirical tools for determining public defender workloads, as well as how these elements can be used to persuade skeptical legislators to provide more funding. 

Hanlon spoke on Feb. 8 at the Ninth Annual Summit on Indigent Defense Improvement, which took place during the 2014 Midyear Meeting in Chicago. “The Missouri Project” was a collaborative effort by SCLAID, the Missouri State Public Defender System and RubinBrown, one of the nation’s leading accounting and consulting firms.

The report is available on the ABA website indigentdefense.org

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