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This is a progress report on implementation by the Riverside County Public Defender Office (RPDO) and Riverside County of NLADA’s Evaluation Report recommendations submitted in January of 2000. This report reflects the findings of an NLADA team with respect to activities, corrective actions and achievements by the RPDO and the County in the sixteen months since the Evaluation Report was submitted. It is current as of May 1, 2001. 

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Publication Date: 06/2001

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Riverside County contracted with the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) to conduct an evaluation of its Public Defender Office. Scott Wallace, Director of Defender Services for NLADA, recruited a team of experienced public defenders with extensive experience as managers and litigators, and in conducting management audits of indigent defense programs.
 

 

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Publication Date: 01/2000

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California county notes the value of a strong defense

BY Jon Mosher on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 10:54 AM

On April 26, the Daily Democrat featured a guest column demonstrating the value of public defenders from the county administration’s perspective.  The public defender’s office in Yolo County, California, “in addition to representing people individually, also provides a system of checks and balances on the criminal justice system as a whole.  It guarantees that no agency -- whether that be the District Attorney's Office or a police department -- is allowed to operate unchallenged and unquestioned.  The Constitution is very much a reaction to the events that came before it.”

San Francisco defenders demonstrate the importance of zealous advocacy

BY Jon Mosher on Friday, January 28, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Our American system of justice presumes that law enforcement officials are human, and thus fallible.  Despite the overall dedication and professionalism of the hundreds of thousands of citizens employed in the police and prosecution functions in this country, it is simply impossible to always arrest and prosecute the right defendant for the right crime in every single instance.  If errorless law enforcement existed, there would be no need for a jury of one’s peers to weigh the evidence in a case before an impartial judge.

Karen K. Rabwin, LCSW

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Rabwin
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Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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Office of The Los Angeles County Public Defender
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Office: 213-974-5992
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213-346-9827
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Gideon Alert: Best practices on display in Oregon and Santa Clara County (San Jose), California

BY David Carroll on Friday, June 25, 2010 at 12:24 PM

As jurisdictions across the country struggle to overcome right to counsel systemic deficiencies, it is valuable to remember that some jurisdictions do serve as best practice models.  For example, the Oregon Public Defender Services Commission has total authority to establish and maintain a public defense system that ensures quality, effectiveness, efficiency and accountabil

Gideon Alert: Flat fee contracting creates separate but unequal juvenile justice in Los Angeles

BY David Carroll on Monday, June 14, 2010 at 11:37 AM

On June 14, 2010, the Los Angeles Times published a spotlight report on the unequal treatment juveniles receive when represented by a private conflict attorney working under a flat fee contract of $345 per case.  The story highlights the false assumption

NLADA began work in the winter of 2002 to develop a new assessment methodology that would help such programs incorporate national standards, including the ABA 10 Principles, and improve program performance while providing some access to national expertise. This evaluation of the Santa Clara County Public Defender was the first "pilot" assessment using that methodology. In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Gideon decision, in 2003 NDLI issued the Gideon Leadership Award of Excellence in recognition of contributions to the field of indigent defense management and leadership. Mr. Jose Villarreal received the Gideon Award in June of this year, for his leadership and innovation in the field of indigent defense. This report is additional evidence that the recognition was well deserved.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 12/2003

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Email from John Maness, Chief Investigator for San Mateo County (Calif.) defender program, providing instructions to investigators about conducting investigations using social networking websites.

Author/Organization: John Maness
Publication Date: 04/08/2010

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A handbook designed for a public defender's office, to provide guidance about the laws and ethical opinions regarding conducting research and investigations using social networking websites in California.

Author/Organization: David Lee and Shane Witnov
Publication Date: 12/01/2008

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