Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants

About Us

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
Counsel for Indigent Defense

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

Members (2019-2020)

Theodore Howard (Chair)
Washington, DC

Barbara Bergman
Tucson, AZ

Randall Chapman
Austin, TX

Walter Eggers
Cheyenne WY

Patrice James
Chicago, IL

Hon. Mark Juhas
Los Angeles, CA

Hon. Maria A. Kahn
Bridgeport, CT

Carlos Martinez
Miami, FL

Alanah Odoms Hebert
New Orleans, LA

Robert N. Weiner
Washington, DC

Brendon Woods
Oakland, CA

Special Advisors

Nikole M. Nelson
Anchorage, AK

Miriam S. Gohara
New Haven, CT