NYSDA: New Initiatives, Continuing Advocacy and Assistance
This is NYSDA's forty-seventh year of working to improve the quality and scope of public defense representation across New York State. The year has seen new and reinvigorated initiatives along with a continuation of time-honored services.
The Veteran's Defense Program (VDP) came into being in April. Almost immediately, the VDP began advocating for legislation to divert from the criminal justice system individuals whose involvement in the court system may be related to their military service. This work will continue when the Legislature returns. Meanwhile, the VDP staff will be offering backup services to public defense lawyers and others to assist justice-involved veterans in criminal and family court cases.
NYSDA completed the 2014 Defender Institute Basic Trial Skills Program on June 13th. BTSP retains the client-centered approach that has brought it recognition while honing new approaches to best help lawyers going into court twenty-seven years after the Program debuted. The Association offers a range of other Continuing Legal Education programs as well.
Through its website, newsletter, and other communications media and publications, NYSDA offers a variety of information to lawyers, clients, and others. A yearly summary of actions and activities is available in our annual reports. Information about public defense issues is available on our website, drawn from a variety of sources, such as the new National Association for Public Defense.
Settle Hurrell-Harring, Create a Statewide, Independent Public Defense System NYSDA continues to advocate for settlement of a pending lawsuit, Hurrell-Harring v State of New York et al, in a way that leads New York into creation of a statewide, fully and adequately state funded public defense system headed by an Independent Public Defense Commission.
Breaking News and Updates
NYSDA's WEBSITE WILL BE "DOWN" ON SATURDAY, JULY 19th from 7am until 7pm for maintenance
NY Should Defend The Defenseless, Albany Times Union, July 1, 2014
Council Adds $4.9 Million To Immigrant Counsel Plan, NYLJ, June 30, 2014
Court Finds Parole Was Improperly Rescinded, NYLJ, June 27, 2014
Experts Say Law Enforcement’s Use Of Cellphone Records Can Be Inaccurate, Washington Post, June 27, 2014
NYCLU Reaches Settlement With Ontario County As Part Of Landmark Public Defense Suit Against NYS, NYCLU News Release, June 26, 2014
Police, Prosecutors Make Changes To Comply With Supreme Court's Ruling On Cellphone Searches, Star Tribune, June 26, 2014
What Your Cell Phone Can’t Tell the Police, New Yorker, June 26, 2014