Conversations about public defense in America almost always surround the crisis—the excessive caseloads, underfunding, attorney turnover, and other problems that have plagued public defense for decades. This attention to the negative overshadows the exceptional and innovative work being done by public defense providers. With support from the American Bar Endowment, the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (ABA SCLAID) created the Exemplary Defense Project to acknowledge, encourage, and celebrate exceptional public defense.
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