New York News
6:55 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Report Details NY Indigent Defense Caseloads

A state report shows the almost 700 attorneys defending the poor averaged 680 cases last year, nearly double the recommended limit, even though their ranks and funding increased from the year before.

The Office of Indigent Legal Services says Wednesday the caseload average in the 57 counties outside New York City declined slightly from 719 the year before.

Meanwhile, the number of attorneys rose by almost 50 and their funding rose to $175 million, an increase of about $9 million.

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The Roundtable
10:50 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Going on My Own: 21st Century Legal Tales: A Memoir of Life as an International Lawyer

  Legal biographies embrace the noble, the solemn, and the heroic. The authors who write them walk a fine line between a dramatic and engrossing tale and the reach for literary glory. Examples include legal titans Louis Brandeis, Edward Benett Williams, and Sonia Sotomayor. But, for every Clarence Darrow wanna-be that ever galvanized a jury, there toils the counselor whose contribution to the legal arts is just as brilliant – but goes unnoticed - and whose dedicated career and personal story is the reality show of the everyday courtroom.

Veteran New York Attorney Robert Layton has brought one of these stories to light in his new book, Going on My Own: 21st Century Legal Tales: A Memoir of Life as an International Lawyer.

The segment begins with Layton explaining how the book came about.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Susannah Sheffer, Project Director at Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights at SUNY Albany

  Susannah Sheffer, Project Director at Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights, will be speaking tonight at SUNY Albany’s School of Criminal Justice about her new book: Fighting for Their Lives: Inside the Experience of Capital Defense Attorneys.

The book tackles such questions as: How do attorneys who represent clients facing the death penalty cope with the stress and trauma of their work? Through conversations with twenty of the most experienced and dedicated post-conviction capital defenders in the United States.

What it is like for these capital defenders in their last visits or phone calls with clients who are about to be taken to the execution chamber? Or the next mornings, in their lives with their families, in their dreams and flashbacks and moments alone in the car?

Today’s event is at 5:30 at Husted Hall Amphitheatre.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu March 14, 2013

"Manifest Injustice" by Barry Siegel

    Barry Siegel joins us to talk about his new book: Manifest Injustice: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Fought for His Freedom.

In the book, Siegel chronicles the dramatic story of an Arizona man named Bill Macumber who, until his unexpected release from prison last November, had spent more than half his life behind bars.

The Roundtable
10:31 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Guilt By Degrees

Marcia Rachel Clark is an American prosecutor, author, and television correspondent who gained fame as the head prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder case. We welcome Marcia Clark and speak with her about her second D.A. Rachel Knight novel, Guilt by Degrees .