Friday October 19, 2018: Consortium Member Updates!

Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project: ( Mother’s in Charge, a partner organization of Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project, will be opening its first participatory defense hub in Philadelphia. The program supports families of those in the criminal justice system and give them resources for interacting with the courts and corrections. YouTube link to description of the program included:

National Association of Public Defenders: ( The National Association of Public Defenders will host a webinar entitled Theories & Themes: How to Win Your Case on October 30th. This webinar will discuss how to develop a strong theory of defense and how to effectively use that theory from investigation through trial so that you can win your case. The Seminar will be led by Caroletta Lepingwell of the Texas Public Defender’s Office. Register at the following link:

National Legal Aid and Defender Association: ( The National Legal Aid and Defender Association is holding their annual conference in Houston, Texas. The annual conference will have a variety of workshops pertaining to legal aid and public defense, including one on Friday November 2 from 4:15-5:45 with JPO Director Kim Ball and R2C Project Director Genevieve Citrin Ray on R2C. Dates are October 31st to November 3rd, Link:

Texas Fair Defense Project: ( The Texas Fair Defense Project, alongside other civil rights organizations, was successful in Dallas County stopping the use of automatically using money bail to detain people arrested for misdemeanors and felonies. A federal judge ruled the practice unconstitutional on the grounds that it unfairly targeted those defendants with little means. Link:

The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia: ( The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) will be running the PDS-CJA Appellate Consultation and Assistance Program from now until March 2019. This program will have James Klein, PDS Appellate Training Director, available full time to consult with members of the CJA Appellate Panel to offer assistance in writing of their briefs. If you would like a consult, please contact James Klein at or (202) 824-2389. Announcement is at the following link: