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Access to Justice

ABA president-elect presents indigent defense principles in NYC

ABA President-elect Paulette Brown presented the ABA Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System last month in testimony before a joint hearing held by two committees of the New York City Council that are examining how the city evaluates the effectiveness of its indigent defense services. Brown applauded the council for tackling the indigent defense issue, saying that New York has been an innovator in holistic defense, digital forensics and community involvement.

Civil Rights & Constitution

ABA cites serious need to evaluate immigration detention

Appearing at a Jan. 30 briefing before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Karen Grisez, former chair and special advisor to the ABA Commission on Immigration, stressed the “serious need to evaluate the United States’ system of immigration detention and the deleterious impacts it has on individuals and families.” The commission briefing focused on the civil rights of the more than 400,000 individuals detained annually by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) while awaiting the outcome of their immigration cases.