|In Search of Equal Justice Heroes|
Each year at the annual Exemplar Award Dinner, NLADA recognizes firms and individuals who have provided exceptional legal service to low-income people. Nominate deserving candidates now for the Beacon of Justice Awards, which recognize law firms committed to pro bono work that has expanded opportunity.
This year’s Beacon of Justice Awards will recognize law firms whose pro bono practices -- in areas such as education, health care, and housing -- have expanded opportunities for low-income and vulnerable people to experience the promise of America. Nominations are due this Friday, March 27.
|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.