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Panel to Discuss Indigent Criminal Defense on Nov. 5

Maryland’s Code of Criminal Procedure provides that the Public Defender shall, in addition to "administer[ing] criminal justice …consult and cooperate with professional groups about the causes of criminal conduct and the development of effective means to rehabilitate and correct individuals charged and convicted of crime." But with state budgetary constraints and the sudden termination of Maryland's Public Defender, the Maryland Office of the Public Defender is facing new challenges, leaving the Neighborhood Defenders -- a division of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender -- with an uncertain future.

Please join us for "The Future of Indigent Criminal Defense: Exploring Tensions Between Holistic Community-Based Representation and The Constitutional Right to a Fair Trial." This panel discussion will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. in the Ceremonial Court Room.

Throughout the event, speakers will address questions such as: should indigent criminal defense encompass legal representation and efforts at rehabilitation and the reduction of recidivism? Does holistic, community-based representation interfere with a defendant's constitutional guarantee to a fair trial? Is such representation cost-effective?

The discussion is free and open to the public. Panelists will include:

Douglas Colbert
Jacob A. France Research Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law

Mary-Denise Davis
Related Services Attorney, Neighborhood Defenders of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender

Jerome Deise
Law School Professor, University of Maryland School of Law

Natalie Finegar '93
Director, Neighborhood Defenders of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender

Vickie Piontkowski '06
Social Worker, Neighborhood Defenders of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender

The Hon. John N. Prevas '71
Chief Judge, Baltimore City Circuit Court, 8th Judicial Circuit

Attendees are encouraged to donate court-appropriate attire, including sports coats, dress shirts, slacks, blouses, polo shirts, belts, shoes, and more. All donated clothing will be given to the Neighborhood Defenders’ office in Park Heights. The Neighborhood Defenders organization provides expanded services to clients in conjunction with zealous criminal advocacy, providing necessary services to break the cycle of re-offending.


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