Out of the Courtroom and into the Neighborhood

Public defenders embrace community defenders. They have begun to embrace more community-orientated forms of advocacy that push a defender's skill beyond the courtroom and the individual case.

October 1, 2007

Out of the Courtroom and into the Neighborhood: Public defenders embrace community defenders. Appeared in North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers' journal Trial Briefs

Public defenders and assigned counsel representing indigent clients often define their role principally as individual lawyers fighting on behalf of individual clients....Now more than ever, a defender's practice must continue to adapt to remain effective, and a growing number of defender offices have taken on this challenge. They have begun to embrace more community-orientated forms of advocacy that push a defender's skill beyond the courtroom and the individual case...

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