|In Search of Equal Justice Heroes|
Each year at the annual Exemplar Award Dinner, NLADA recognizes individuals and firms who have provided exceptional legal service to low-income people. Nominate deserving candidates for the Kutak-Dodds Prizes, which honor a civil legal aid lawyer and a public defense attorney for outstanding service, and for the Beacon of Justice Awards, which recognize law firms committed to pro bono work that has expanded opportunity. Act now -- nominations close March 20 and March 27, respectively.
|Basic Data Every Defender Program Needs to Track: A Toolkit for Defender Leaders|
The Basic Data toolkit, released late in 2014, highlights the importance of data collection for defender offices. It identifies key information for defender leaders to collect, tips on how to compile that material, and guidance on using it for self-evaluation and advocacy. Ultimately, better use of data can make defender programs stronger advocates for their clients.
The toolkit is targeted to managers of all types of indigent defense programs, including public defender offices, assigned counsel programs, and contract counsel programs. It recognizes that, because of the wide variety in size, resources and administrative capacity among defender organizations, there is no “one size fits all” strategy. Instead, the toolkit provides a range of strategies and options that offices can match to their situations.