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Representing Alleged Criminals Who Can't Afford a Lawyer

Postby LST Radio » Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:23 am

I Am The Law is the inaugural podcast produced by Law School Transparency for LST Radio.

Public Defender (GA): Representing Alleged Criminals Who Can't Afford a Lawyer [Government]



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Interested in becoming a public defender? Appointed to represent those who cannot afford an attorney, public defenders play an essential role in the criminal justice system. Oft-romanticized in television shows and in movies, public defense is a complex field that bears little resemblance to its glamorous portrayals crafted by Hollywood execs.

In this episode, former public defender and University of Georgia Law alumna Laurie Landsittel gives us valuable insight into the day-to-day duties of public defenders. What are the different types of public defenders? What is the typical caseload for attorneys in this field, and how often can public defenders expect their cases to go to trial?

Laurie also discusses some of her personal experiences working as a public defender, such as her biggest challenges representing defendants that had committed serious crimes, as well as the time that she helped a teenage girl get out of jail and back on her feet. "That is what public defenders do," Laurie tells us. "If you want to help, it's never ending."

This week's show is hosted by Derek Tokaz, LST's research director.

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Re: Representing Alleged Criminals Who Can't Afford a Lawyer

Postby jenesaislaw » Mon Jan 26, 2015 4:57 pm

FYI, from here on out, we'll be releasing just one episode per week on Monday morning.

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Re: Representing Alleged Criminals Who Can't Afford a Lawyer

Postby jenesaislaw » Sat Jan 31, 2015 4:45 pm

Interesting that this and the biglaw episode have been the most popular.


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