Quote of the Day - Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself.
It takes a special kind of lawyer to be a public defender today. Case overload is just one issue causing seven Public Defender's offices across the country to refuse to take on new cases or sue to limit their workload. Please join me and my fellow Law.com blogger Bob Ambrogi as we welcome Bennett H. Brummer, Public Defender in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida in Miami-Dade County and David Carroll, Director of Research for the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) to take a look at the state of the public defender system.
We discuss the common issues that public defenders are struggling with, the effect on defendants and what is being done to faciliate the process and put the quality back into public representation.