Legal Aid and Indigent Defense

About Us

About the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense

The Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense, which consists of not more than eleven members, shall have jurisdiction over matters related to the creation, maintenance, and enhancement of effective civil legal aid and criminal indigent defense delivery systems and services, including by: (a) advocating for meaningful access to the justice system for all; (b) supporting viable and effective plans to increase funding for legal aid and indigent defense delivery systems and services; and (c) developing standards and policy, disseminating best practices, and providing training and technical assistance.

Contact Us

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

Staff

Jason T. Vail
Chief Counsel

Malia Brink
Counsel for Indigent Defense

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

Members (2020-2021)

Theodore Howard (Chair)
Washington, DC

Barbara Bergman
Tucson, AZ

Randall Chapman
Austin, TX

Lisa Freeland
Pittsburgh, PA

Patrice James
Chicago, IL

Ellyn Josef
Houston, TX

Hon. Mark Juhas
Los Angeles, CA

Hon. Maria A. Kahn
Hartford, CT 

Joanna Elizabeth Landau
Salt Lake City, UT

Nikole M Nelson
Anchorage, AK

Robert N. Weiner
Washington, DC

Special Advisors

Miriam S. Gohara
New Haven, CT

Stephanie Hudson
Oklahoma City, OK