Letter to the Governor from the Director of the Public Defender System
An Open Letter to Judge Conrad Hafen
Is it ok if I call you Conrad? I noticed that you refer to the attorneys appearing before you by their first names, so I thought, since we're all officers of the court here, that it would be ok to leave off your honorifics.
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The Truth about How Public Defenders Handle Excessive Caseloads
In the recent article “The Truth about the Work and Talent of Public Defense Lawyers,” Andre Vitale argues that even though public defenders have excessive caseloads, through their determination and hard work, they manage to obtain the same outcomes for clients as private defense attorneys. I have heard this belief expressed many times before and believed it myself while working as a public defender. I was convinced that despite my lack of resources and excessive caseload that I managed to effectively represent all of my clients. I was wrong.
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