NACDL - Using Checklists To Improve Case Outcomes

Using Checklists To Improve Case Outcomes

Defense attorneys engage in some tasks that are repetitive, but most require a unique blend of research, investigation, and know-how. Jeff Adachi is an advocate of using checklists because they maintain consistency and provide the essential steps needed to accomplish a task. While a defense lawyer should not use a checklist without independent thought or connecting to the client as an individual, checklists can be beneficial to new attorneys and can help more experienced attorneys make sure they have not overlooked anything.