Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants

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About the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants

The Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, which consists of not more than eleven members, has jurisdiction over matters relating to legal aid and defender services respecting: (a) the administration of justice as it affects the poor; (b) remedial measures intended to help the poor protect their legal rights; and (c) the establishment and efficient maintenance of legal aid and defender organizations and cooperation with other interested agencies, whether public or private.

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Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants
American Bar Association
321 N. Clark Street, 17th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654-7598


Jason T. Vail
Chief Counsel

Malia Brink
Associate Counsel for Indigent Defense

Shubhangi Deoras
Associate Counsel/Director, Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives

Members (2018-19)

Theodore Howard (Chair)
Washington, DC

Hon. Cheri Lynn Beasley
Raleigh, NC

Barbara Bergman
Tucson, AZ

Walter Eggers
Cheyenne, WY

David Hilgers
Austin, TX

R. Edward Marks
Albuquerque, NM

Carlos Martinez
Miami, FL

Alanah Odoms Hebert
New Orleans, LA

Charles Weiss
St. Louis, MO

Brendon Woods
Oakland, CA

Bryant Yang
Los Angeles, CA

Special Advisors

Norman Lefstein
Indianapolis, IN

John Rosenberg
Prestonburg, KY