What happens when you talk to 8th graders about public defense?
We recorded this episode in front of a live audience for the first time- 8th graders at Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto, CA.
Avi talked about representing a client named Edgar at a re-sentencing hearing after he had been previously sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for a murder conviction he suffered at 17 years old. Sajid shared portions of his recent closing argument at a transfer hearing where he advocated for his client, just 16 at the time of an accused murder, to remain in juvenile court rather than being prosecuted as an adult.
We then took several questions from the students about life as a #publicdefender, including representing guilty people, our definitions and conceptions of justice, dealing w/ prosecutors and why we chose this career:
Please listen and share!