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All public defense programs and NYSDA members who provide email addresses receive "News Picks from NYSDA Staff." This periodic electronic update focuses on nuts and bolts information useful to practitioners. It supplies concise, current information selected from the flood of news that threatens to inundate all who try to keep abreast of developments relevant to public defense and the various practice areas it encompasses. 

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Latest News Picks: August 31, 2020


  • Resumption of Court Operations Continues
  • COVID-19: Use Caution in Advising Clients about Shock Programming as Part of a Plea
  • New Law Gives Judges Authority to Waive Surcharges and Fees for People Under 21
  • Juvenile Defender Resources: Ambassadors for Racial Justice Program Accepting Applications; Racial Justice Toolkit
  • “We Cannot Permanently Separate Families Because of a Pandemic”
  • 2nd Annual Indian Child Welfare Act (Virtual) Conference, September 16-17, 2020

  • Policing Issues Are Public Defense Issues
  • Family Court Finds It Does Not Have the Power to Intervene with Collection of DNA Evidence from Minors in Police Custody
  • Other DNA News from NYC

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