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Missouri Prosecution and Public Defender

Missouri prosecutors are responsible for prosecuting misdemeanor and felony offenses.  The Missouri State Public Defender System provides legal representation to all indigent citizens accused of or convicted of crimes in Missouri. The Missouri State Public Defender employs approximately 350 full-time attorneys. Both the Missouri State Public Defender and the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services have  Continue Reading »

“Gideon at 50″ Works to Ensure 6th Amendment Rights

“Public defenders are punching above their weight every day.”   As a result, there is a lack of consistent application of the 6th Amendment right to counsel for defendants across the country.   Due to numerous reasons, including under-funding for the public defense system, many defendants are not provided with legal representation.  This results in a higher  Continue Reading »

National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)

Lauren Collins ’13

This summer I had the opportunity to work in the Miami-Dade County Public Defenders Office.  This opportunity was exciting because I had the chance to learn about an area of law I never considered practicing and I would be doing it in a city where I had no contacts.  My purpose for working in Miami  Continue Reading »