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Professor Lefstein Speaks Out About Effects of Sequestration on Federal Defender Program


Norm LefsteinProfessor Norman Lefstein took part in a briefing on Constitution Day, September 17, to speak about the effects of sequestration on indigent defense.

Titled “Chipping Away at the Sixth Amendment: Federal Indigent Defense in Crisis,” the briefing was held at the Rayburn House Office Building and attended by several members of Congress, Professor Lefstein said. He is an expert in criminal defense standards, having served as Chairman of the American Bar Association Section of Criminal Justice and as Reporter for the Second Edition of ABA Criminal Justice Standards Relating to The Prosecution Function and The Defense Function, Providing Defenses Services, and Pleas of Guilty. Professor Lefstein also has served as Chairman of the ABA Committee on Criminal Justice Standards. In 2011, the ABA published his most recent book, Securing Reasonable Caseloads: Ethics and Law in Indigent Defense.

In addition to the briefing, Professor Lefstein published “Essential role of private lawyers in defending the poor” in the online version of The Hill, a news source widely read by members of Congress and their staffs.

Professor Lefstein is Dean Emeritus of IU McKinney. He teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and professional responsibility.

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