Archive May 2019

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So it isn't all about me? My Lessons in Client Focused Leadership

I had no idea, however, how much bigger the stage is for finding like-minded people. Seeing Public Defenders, all with different size offices, different political challenges, and different client demographics, come together and universally have the same message was not only moving but also deeply informative. 

Jeff Adachi Receives National Criminal Justice Award

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi was posthumously awarded the Equity Award by the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts on Monday, the National Association for Public Defense (NAPD) has announced. The award was presented at the National Consortium’s 2019 Annual Conference on Monday, May 20th, 2019.

Timbs v. Indiana: Eighth Amendment's excessive fines clause applies to States

In a case that received wide publicity in February, Timbs v. Indiana, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause applies to the States through the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause. 

Supreme Court Issues Two Decisions on Execution of Mentally Disabled People

The U.S. Supreme Court in February issued two opinions on when people with mental disabilities are eligible for the death penalty. In Madison v. Alabama, decided February 27, the Court held that the Eighth Amendment does not prohibit executing a person who has no memory of the crime they committed so long as the person understands the reasons for their death sentence. And in Moore v. Texas, decided February 19, the Court, in a very fact-specific opinion, again ruled that Texas courts improperly applied the Court’s rulings on intellectual disability in finding that Bobby Moore was not intellectually disable

Dust and Ash

Mostly, being a lawyer to me was about networking, which I had discovered (rather pleasantly) really meant drinking with other lawyers, perfecting the “you’re so fascinating and brilliant” gaze, and learning to how to smoke cigars. I was living off of the dregs of a meager divorce settlement I had received the previous year, and as the last of it slipped through my checking account I started to wonder how I was possibly going to make this situation tenable.

Garza v Idaho: SCOTUS Recap

Prejudice is presumed when an attorney fails to file a notice of appeal after a client requests it, even if the client executed an appeal waiver as a part of a plea agreement, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled February 27 in Garza v. Idaho.