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In the Public or Private Interest? Rethinking the Role of the Legal Aid Lawyer
This essay attempts to examine a theoretical question from a practical standpoint: is it possible, or even desirable, for the legal aid lawyer to pursue a greater mission -- and if so, what should that mission be? It is ...
Indigent Defense in Virginia: Practical and Empathic Motivations for Reform
In 1999 an estimated $1.2 billion was spent to provide indigent criminal defense in the nation's 100 most populous counties. This $1.2 billion represents an estimated 3% of all local criminal justice expenditures in these ...
Rethinking Professional Responsibility: The Need to Bolster Lawyers' Ethical Obligations in Pursuit of Social Justice
In this Note, I argue that the obligations on the legal profession of service to the poor "both through pro bono work and indigent defense" must be bolstered and refined. Although existing methods of pro bono service are ...