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Public Defense


Here you will find additional indigent criminal defense resources, including links to related ABA groups and committees, publications and standards, and other organizations devoted to improving indigent criminal defense systems.

ABA Links

Criminal Justice Section
Alternative Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice Committee
Reentry and Collateral Consequences Committee
Loan Repayment and Forgiveness
Public Defense Publications


National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Legal Aid and Defender Association
Sixth Amendment Center
National Association for Public Defense
American Civil Liberties Union
Access to Justice Initiative
Gideon’s Promise
The Constitution Project
R2C - Right to Counsel

Publications and Standards

Public Defense Publications
ABA Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System
ABA Eight Guidelines of Public Defense Related to Excessive Workloads
Criminal Justice Magazine
ABA Criminal Justice Standards
NLADA Indigent Defense Standards


The Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense (SCLAID) has provided these links for informational purposes only.  A link to an organization’s website does not constitute approval or endorsement of that organization by the American Bar Association (ABA) or SCLAID.  Neither SCLAID nor the ABA bears responsibility for the websites’ accuracy or content.