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When some people in the indigent defense community speak of federal public defenders, there is often a twinge of jealousy because federal defender offices embody many of the ideals of parity and equality about which state public defenders can only dream. Federal defenders are generally paid at the same rate as their counterparts in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and their caseloads are measured by multiples of 10 rather than multiples of 100. Although many of their cases are more complicated, involving multimember drug or gang conspiracies, complex fraud schemes or high stakes terrorism cases, federal offices tend to be viewed as well staffed and well supported. The nature of the work and the opportunities the federal defenders provide draw some of the most knowledgeable, capable, and zealous advocates to these jobs. Two such advocates are Steven Babcock, an assistant federal defender in Billings, Mont., and Manvir (Manny) Atwal, an assistant federal defender in Minneapolis, Minn.

By Bonnie Hoffman in May 2013
Category: The Champion Magazine
A Lawyer’s Response To the Threat of His Client’s Loss of Counsel (Gideon’s Champions)

A Lawyer’s Response To the Threat of His Client’s Loss of Counsel (Gideon’s Champions) William P. Wolf Gideon’s Champions April 2013 53 One of the fundamental reasons that a Bill of Rights was pushed through and ratified to become part of the U.S. Constitution in 1791 was the fundamental belief th

By William P. Wolf in April 2013
Category: The Champion Magazine
Advocates Fight for the Indigent in Tennessee (Gideon’s Champions)
When asked to think about the state of Tennessee, one’s thoughts may quickly gravitate to music. Tennessee is the birthplace of rock and roll, country and blues, and musical icons from the past and present quickly come to mind: Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Patsy Cline, Kenny Chesney, and Elvis Presley. Others may think of the state’s strong ties to the Civil Rights Movement. Tennessee was the home of the Highlander Folk School, a training ground for many of the Movement’s key figures including Rosa Parks and John Lewis, and the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated.
By Bonnie Hoffman in December 2012
Category: The Champion Magazine
Gideon's Champions: Kindel and Williamson Defend the Indigent Accused
Shanelle Kindel and Karin Williamson, both public defenders, are proud of the work they do for clients.
By Bonnie Hoffman in November 2012
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Defenders Tucker and Town Make a Difference on the Front Line (Gideon’s Champions)

Antoinette Tucker and Autumn Town are public defenders who make a difference in the lives of their clients.

By Bonnie Hoffman in July 2012
Category: The Champion Magazine
Recognizing Gideon’s Champions

NACDL launches the Gideon’s Champions Project.

By Bonnie Hoffman in June 2012
Category: The Champion Magazine
Gideon at 40: A Realistic View

Gideon at 40: A Realistic View Lawrence S. Goldman

By Lawrence S. Goldman in January/February 2003
Category: The Champion Magazine
Gideon: Looking Back To the 40th Anniversary

Look back 10 years and remember NACDL’s symposium celebrating one of the country’s most important legal decisions.

By Ellen S. Podgor in June 2012
Category: The Champion Magazine
From the President: The Tireless Fight
The legal profession requires zealous advocacy. Defendants expect their lawyers to fight for them.
By Steven D. Benjamin in January/February 2013
Category: The Champion Magazine
New Faces, New Talent (Inside NACDL)

Inside NACDL Norman L. Reimer October 2011 7 New Faces, New Talent Dynamic organizations thrive on the continual infusion of new leaders and staff who bring fresh insights and energy to advance the institutional mission. This is certainly the case at NACDL. Each year, with each incoming class of

By Norman L. Reimer in October 2011
Category: The Champion Magazine
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