January 23, 2020

Public Defense News

Here is the public defense news for January 16-23, 2020:

Save the Date:

The ABA Public Defense Summit will be held May 29-30, 2020 in Denver, Colorado.  The Summit will focus on misdemeanor and municipal court reform efforts.  Details coming soon!

Calls for Award Nominations:

ABA SCLAID Centennial Access to Justice Award
Honors young lawyers for exceptional achievements on behalf of their clients and/or in advancement of the cause of access to justice.

ABA SCLAID Harrison Tweed Award
Recognizes the extraordinary achievements of a state and local bar association that develops or significantly expands projects or programs to increase access to civil legal services to persons living in poverty or criminal defense services to indigents.

ABA Govt and Public Sector Lawyers Division Dorsey Award 
Recognizes exceptional work by a public defender or legal aid lawyer. Nominations due April 6, 2020


Ohio Supreme Court justice weighs in on public defender shortage

Ohio pours cash into paying lawyers to represent indigent clients

Ohio Senate lawmakers consider public defender loan repayments

Ohio bill will reimburse tuition for public defenders to fight shortage

Opinion: Public defender may be prudent (Jefferson County)

Indigent defense fees raised (Henry County)


Georgia Governor Brian Kemp wants to slash public defender funding by $3 million

Members who inspire – Assistant public defender: ‘I just personally like to give back’


A black defendant’s lawyer harbored such ‘extreme’ racist views that a court has granted his client a new trial

San Francisco will no longer seek cash bail in criminal cases

How a major investigation into Orange County jail informants ended with a whimper

Immigrant representation in court in doubt as move to Van Nuys is planned

Meet Mano Raju, the SF public defender who wants you to be paid more for jury duty

Meet Rachel Rossi, the progressive ex-public defender running for DA (Los Angeles)

How Rachel Rossi would change the DA’s role in Los Angeles


MO Supreme Court chief: ‘System simply does not work’ without public defender funding


Senate passes amended public defender pay parity bill


Philly public defenders move for union vote after management skips voluntary recognition

Philadelphia Defender Association refuses to recognize public defender union - for now

Fayette County commissioners terminate public defender Whiteko without making comments


Remy Starns elected as new state public defender following predecessor’s abrupt exit

Appeals court overturns contempt conviction for Lafayette public defender who filmed duct-taping incident


Macomb County creating public defender office

‘A fair fight’: Macomb County hiring to create public defender office

Macomb County takes steps to create public defender office

Kalamazoo defenders receive second year of funding from county

Task force suggests jail system changes: speed up trials, fewer license suspensions


Utah County commission signs contract with public defender association, increases budget by 13%


The State of Alaska sued itself.  Was it worth it?


Asotin County officials discuss attorney shortage for prosecution, defense


Task force says more resources needed for judicial system


Smooth sailing for public defender plan (Prince William County)

New York:

Critics question public defender hiring, lack of minorities (Niagara County)

Editorial: No defense for recent county hiring

Column: Schreiber for the defense: Former chief public defender on bail, discovery reforms

North Carolina:

Guilford County judge, public defender explain changes made to pretrial system


Md. Attorney General Frosh pushes for end to drivers losing licenses over traffic debt


Coming full circle: Karozos returns to lead state public defender office


Grundy County public defender looking to hire new assistant

Of Interest:

Architect of CIA interrogation program testifies at Guantanamo

Letter to the Editor: Right to Counsel in Housing Court

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