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Guidance for Mentoring Indigent Defense Attorneys

The Texas Indigent Defense Commission has released "Indigent Defense Attorney Mentoring in Texas: A Guide to Establishing a Mentoring Program." The TIDC contracted with NLADA to develop a guide that is adaptable to jurisdictions of varying sizes and can be used by other states.
“Mentoring is especially critical for criminal defense lawyers charged with protecting the rights of those who stand accused of crimes and whose liberty is stake,” said Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht. "Experienced lawyers can share both knowledge and wisdom with new lawyers, assuring that justice will be well served in criminal cases."
The report sets out a model mentoring curriculum and suggestions for establishing mentoring programs that are adaptable to any indigent defense delivery system. This information is particularly relevant for assigned counsel systems that lack institutional oversight. In Texas, most attorneys who provide indigent criminal defense services practice on their own, which can make it difficult for them to find the opportunities for mentoring that often exist in public defender offices.
Life in the Balance
Join us in Houston, Texas, on March 10-12, 2016, for Life in the Balance. While efforts to repeal the death penalty have been laudable, we must be vigilant, skillful, and passionate in defending those accused of capital crimes where it remains. Lives depend on it!
With more than 60 sessions over three days, Life in the Balance will provide an opportunity to learn from and work with the most successful and forward-thinking attorneys, mitigation specialists, investigators, and experts from across the nation. The faculty will offer expert guidance and instruction for attorneys, mitigations specialists, and investigators.
Plenary Speakers
Life in the Balance will feature three members of the team that defended one of the U.S.'s most publicized capital cases. From the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender - which represented James Holmes, who was given multiple life sentences for the 2012 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado that killed 12 and injured 70 - will be Daniel King, John Gonglach, and Kevin Bishop.
Workshop Details
The full details of the Life in the Balance curriculum will be released next month, but NLADA is pleased to reveal just some of the sessions that attendees can look forward to! See the list here.
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NLADA’s Annual Conference is the leading national training event of the year for the civil legal aid, public defense, and public interest law communities. The 2015 conference – “Advancing Justice Together” – offered advocates substantive information and professional skills training, recognition of excellence among peers, and a unique networking opportunity.

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