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The landmark right-to-counsel cases upon which mandated representation in New York State rests were criminal cases. But other cases and legislation since Gideon v Wainwright and People v Witenski broadened the range of cases in which people unable to hire a lawyer must be provided with counsel. And dramatic changes in law and society have changed legal practice in ways unimagined a half-century ago.

Dividing NYSDA’s work into the practice areas below makes locating a particular type of information on this website easier. But the categories are not rigid. Clients may often have interrelated criminal and family matters pending simultaneously. NYSDA offers resources and training on how defenders can best defend and protect their clients’ rights in both forums. 

Reflecting that, NYSDA training events may offer combined sessions. Advocacy may focus on one area or address broad changes to improve public defense representation across all practices. In such ways, NYSDA helps attorneys learn about interactions between other practice areas and their own.

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