Lefstein\'s Securing Reasonable Caseloads

Securing Reasonable Caseloads

- Norman Lefstein

"There is abundant evidence that those who furnish public defense services across the country have far too many cases, and this reality impacts the quality of their representation…"

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Constitution Project\'s Justice Denied

Justice Denied

- The Constitution Project

"[D]efense lawyers are constantly forced to violate their oaths as attorneys because their caseloads make it impossible for them to practice law as they are required to do according to the profession’s rules."

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NACDL\'s Minor Crimes, Massive Waste

Minor Crimes, Massive Waste

- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

"Too often, counsel is unable to spend sufficient time on each of their cases. This forces even the most competent and dedicated attorneys to run afoul of their professional duties."

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Gideon v. Wainwright

Gideon v. Wainwright

- 372 US 335 (1963)

"[R]eason and reflection require us to recognize that, in our adversary system of criminal justice, any person haled into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, cannot be assured a fair trial unless counsel is provided for him."

Gideon’s Broken Promise

Gideon’s Broken Promise

- American Bar Association

"The fundamental right to a lawyer that Americans assume apply to everyone accused of criminal conduct effectively does not exist in practice for countless people across the United States."

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Spangenberg\'s Keeping Caseloads Manageable

Keeping Defender Caseloads Manageable

- Robert Spangenberg

"Attorneys with excessive caseloads are under an ethical obligation to remedy the situation."

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JMI\'s Using Data in Public Defense

Using Data in Public Defense

- Justice Management Institute

"The crux of any weighted caseload standard study is to carefully track the average amount of time it takes defenders to handle various case types over a period of time, and then develop a target, or standard, of how many such cases a full-time attorney can effectively manage in a given year."

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