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66 A.B.A. J 1084 (1980)
Implementing the Right to Counsel in State Criminal Cases

handle is hein.journals/abaj66 and id is 1085 raw text is: Implementing the Right to
Counsel in State
Criminal Cases

By Norman Lefstein and
Sheldon Portman
A FAR-REACHING proposal of the Anmeri-
can Bar Association, aimed at securi ng
adequate legal representation for tIe
poor in this nation's state crimimI
courts, has now received importaii
congressional support. On December
20, 1979, Sen. Edward M. Kennedx. it
the request of the Association, intro-
duced S. 2170, which calls for esailb-
lishment of the Center for Defense Seiv-
ices, and on March 19, 1980, Rep. Ptler
Rodino introduced companion bill I .t.
6875 in the House of Representatives.
The primary mission of the center
would be to strengthen, through the use
of grants and contracts, all forms of ii-
digent defense representation, incid-
ing that provided by public defenders
and assigned counsel programs. Got-
ernance of the center, to be structured
as a public not-for-profit corporalioni.
would be vested in a 17-member board
of directors appointed by the presidil.
The concept of a Center for Deiose
Services originated in the mid-11170s
with the A.B.A.'s Standing Committee
on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants.
The proposal has been endorsed bx tir
1979-80    Association   presidentl.
Leonard S. Janofsky, as well as bx Iris
two immediate predecessors, Wur. 13.
Spann and S. Shepherd Tate. In Febru-
ary, 1979, the House of Delegates ap-
proved in principle the establishment
of an independent federally funded
Center for Defense Services. This sril -
port is consistent with the Associa-
tion's long-standing commitment to as-
sure effective legal services for the poor
in both civil and criminal cases.
For many years the A.B.A. lias
staunchly supported the Legal Serx i ces
1084 American Bar Association Journal

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