legal http://wamc.org en Community Meeting: Defending The Poor http://wamc.org/post/community-meeting-defending-poor <p></p><p></p><p>This year marks the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright in which the Supreme Court ruled, unanimously, that defendants in criminal cases deserved legal representation in state courts. If defendants could not afford counsel, the state would have to provide it. Those lawyers are known as public defenders.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 23:36:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 79249 at http://wamc.org Community Meeting: Defending The Poor NY Effort To Reveal Pols' Law Clients Has Backing http://wamc.org/post/ny-effort-reveal-pols-law-clients-has-backing <p></p><p>New York's anti-corruption commission that's asking state lawmakers to reveal private law clients has the backing of the state Bar Association, which says attorney-client privilege doesn't bar the disclosure required in 20 other states.</p><p>The New York State Bar Association argues the names often are already in public court records; they're just not collected in a place for the public and ethics enforcers to see.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 18:08:12 +0000 Dave Lucas 73279 at http://wamc.org NY Effort To Reveal Pols' Law Clients Has Backing Two Counties Share a Service to Save Money http://wamc.org/post/two-counties-share-service-save-money <p>Two counties in New York’s Hudson Valley will be sharing a legal service that officials say could save the counties’ taxpayers more than 300-thousand dollars a year. Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro say their counties are starting a one-year pilot program to share legal defense counsel. And here’s why: &nbsp;when a Public Defender’s Office is disqualified from representing a client because of a legal conflict, a private attorney is assigned.&nbsp; The private attorney then bills the County according to rates established by New York State. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 00:07:08 +0000 Allison Dunne 54324 at http://wamc.org