Public Defense

The Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense (SCLAID) is working to improve public defense systems nationwide.

COVID-19 Resources

Pandemic Resources

The ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense (SCLAID) has launched a web page that consolidates resources from across the country to assist the access to justice community in addressing the many challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Court Watching

ABA Court Watching

ABA SCLAID and CRSJ have coordinated on a number of court watching efforts. These efforts have focused on misdemeanor and other low-level criminal and civil infraction courts.

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Reports and Publications

Reports and Publications on Indigent Defense

Here you will find recent books and reports concerning indigent criminal defense, as well as links to archived materials.

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Events, Webinars and CLE

Indigent Defense Events

SCLAID regularly hosts, sponsors or co-sponsors a variety of events on topics relating to public defense or of interest to the public defense community. This page features upcoming events, meetings and CLE, as well as past events available on video.

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ABA Standards and Policies

Standards and Policies

View standards and policies related to public defense.

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Public Defense News

News and news archives available at Email Malia Brink at with news, jobs, events, or subscription requests.

Technical Assistance

Find information regarding technical assistance to courts, bar associations, and other entities.