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Monday, July 29, 2013

LAST CALL to Join Petition to Save Federal Defender Services

I am still accepting support by email (fvars@law.ua.edu) for the petition I posted last week here:

http://prawfsblawg.blogs.com/prawfsblawg/2013/07/petition-save-federal-defender-services.html

On Wednesday 7/31, my last day as a guest-blogger on this site, I’ll post the signatories to date. (I may post an update later if more signatures come in.)  I’m asking for titles and institutional affiliations to be able to report an accurate headcount of law professors (others are also encouraged to sign).  To avoid any suggestion of institutional endorsement, I will disclose just names.

Because of the Senate hearing last week, the issue has received more attention in the press.  For those interested, a partial list of stories appears below the fold.  One point not mentioned in the petition: cutting federal defender programs will likely cost more in long-run reimbursements to the private attorneys who will have to pick up the slack.

http://www.wbur.org/2013/07/29/sequester-public-defenders

http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/26/5597549/federal-public-defender-in-sacramento.html

http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/25/so-about-your-right-to-an-attorney/?src=rechp&_r=0

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2013/07/24/public-defenders-say-sequester-is-hurting-poor-clients/

Posted by Fredrick Vars on July 29, 2013 at 09:42 AM | Permalink

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