We are always glad to talk about the ways in which right to counsel services are being provided and how we can live up to our constitutional promise. If you’d like to have us speak to your organization, please contact our staff.
Our 2017 Speaking Engagements:
May 25th: State Capitol Assembly Parlour (Madison, Wisconsin): Wisconsin pays attorneys only $40 per hour to defend the indigent accused. This is the lowest compensation rate in the country and has not changed in 20 years, since 1995 when the Wisconsin legislature reduced the rate from $50 per hour. David Carroll presents evidence from the 6AC report, Justice Shortchanged, showing that the constitutional imperative for independent, conflict-free public defense services has given way to fiscal considerations, at a press conference announcing the Wisconsin State Bar Association and Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ petition to the state Supreme Court to raise the hourly compensation rates and ban flat-fee contracts.
April 27th: Washington Defender Association Conference (Winthrop, Washington): Independence is the first of the ABA’s Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System, yet in the state of Washington this principle is not officially contained in the state’s Standards for Public Defense Services. 6AC Executive Director David Carroll, along with Bob Boruchowitz of the Defender Initiative at Seattle University School of Law, explains how best to create and preserve the independence needed to insulate public defense systems and attorneys from inappropriate interference by governmental bodies and other justice system participants. Topics focus on ethical, structural, and managerial considerations to ensure that the administration of justice is not compromised by disadvantaged public defense systems.
April 10th: Tennessee State Capitol (Nashville, Tennessee): The Tennessee Supreme Court Indigent Representation Task Force releases its report, fulfilling its charge to determine how the state can deliver the right to counsel in a more efficient manner. 6AC Executive Director David Carroll participates in the press conference, following on 6AC’s provision of technical assistance to the Task Force supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.
April 5th: Nevada Senate Judiciary Committee (Carson City, Nevada): The Nevada Senate Judiciary Committee is considering a bill to create a statewide Right to Counsel Commission. On written request of Senator Segerblom, chair of the Committee, 6AC Executive Director David Carroll provides technical assistance to the committee, explaining Nevada’s unique right to counsel history and the current deficiencies in providing indigent defense services in rural counties.
March 28th: Boston University, School of Law (Boston, Massachusetts): David Carroll discusses the ways in which systemic indigent defense deficiencies contribute to wrongful convictions. Special emphasis is placed on undue political and judicial interference and the use of United States v. Cronic to get at how systemic deficiencies prevent even the best lawyers from providing constitutionally effective right to counsel services.
March 22nd: State of Idaho Public Defender Commission & General Assembly (Boise, Idaho): 6AC Executive Director David Carroll discusses the progress made by the Public Defender Commission in implementing recent legislative changes to ensure the right to counsel, including comparisons to similarly situated states and next steps.
March 10th: Federal CJA Panel Attorney District Representative Conference (Houston, Texas): 6AC Executive Director David Carroll discusses independence of the federal public defense services and the work of the Committee to Review the Criminal Justice Act Program.
February 24th: Tennessee Supreme Court, Indigent Representation Task Force (Nashville, Tennessee): 6AC Executive Director David Carroll testifies about proposed reforms to Tennessee’s primary and conflict indigent defense services.
January 13th: Tennessee Supreme Court, Indigent Representation Task Force (Nashville, Tennessee): In order to guarantee that the indigent representation system in Tennessee is addressing the needs of its recipients as well as benefiting the taxpayers, the Task Force is reviewing the state’s current system of providing representation to the poor. 6AC Executive Director David Carroll testifies about statewide indigent defense commissions.
January 9th: Mississippi Legislative Public Defender Task Force (Jackson, Mississippi): 6AC Executive Director David Carroll and 6AC Counsel Mike Tartaglia discuss preliminary findings from 6AC’s statewide evaluation of public defense.
Our 2016 Speaking Engagements:
December 15th: Press Conference at the Capitol Rotunda (Indianapolis, Indiana): Beginning in the 1990s, the “Indiana Model” for providing public defense services was widely promoted as potentially the best way to improve the provision of the right to counsel in states throughout America. 6AC Executive Director David Carroll discusses how and why the system legitimizes and institutionalizes the choice of counties to not meet the constitutional parameters of effective representation, as detailed in the Sixth Amendment Center report released in October 2016.
October 25th: Right to Counsel National Campaign, U.S. Department of Justice (Washington, DC): 6AC Executive Director David Carroll co-moderates, along with Colette Tvedt of NACDL, a roundtable discussion on “Securing a Meaningful Right to Counsel: Perspectives on State Reforms.” The panel discusses how best to identify and overcome deficiencies in indigent defense systems, using legislation, litigation, and public education approaches, as considered from the vantage of different types of stakeholders including judges, state legislators, and public defense providers. Topics include: a) Utah’s consensus approach to reform and the advancement of evaluation standards; b) Idaho’s recent legislative reforms and why conservatives are in the forefront of advancing the right to counsel; c) federal litigation in Washington State and the role of the U.S. Department of Justice; d) excessive caseloads of public defenders in Missouri and launching a media strike; and, e) the future of the right to counsel in New York. Panelists are: Derek P. Pullan, Utah Fourth District Judge; Christine Perry, Idaho State Representative; Michael Barrett, Missouri State Public Defender; Eileen Farley, Public Defender Supervisor for the cities of Mount Vernon and Burlington (Washington); Corey Stoughton, Senior Counsel at the USDOJ Civil Rights Division; and William Leahy, Director, New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services. You can watch video of the National Consortium in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2. Mr. Carroll’s panel is found in Part 1 beginning at 55:40 and continuing in Part 2.
October 24th: Columbia University, Columbia Law School, (New York, New York): 6AC Deputy Director Jon Mosher presents the “Indigent Defense State of the Nation” to a criminal adjudication class of 150 LL.M. and third-year law students. The presentation highlights the current problems in providing the right to counsel in Indiana, Utah, Louisiana, Missouri, and Nevada, as indicative of indigent defense deficiencies throughout the country.
October 21st: Tennessee Supreme Court, Indigent Representation Task Force (Nashville, Tennessee): In order to guarantee that the indigent representation system in Tennessee is addressing the needs of its recipients as well as benefiting the taxpayers of Tennessee, the Task Force is reviewing the state’s current system of providing representation to the indigent. 6AC Executive Director David Carroll testifies at the Task Force meeting about statewide indigent defense commissions.
September 21st: Indiana Public Defender Commission (Indianapolis, Indiana): 6AC Executive Director David Carroll presents the findings and recommendations from 6AC’s forthcoming October 2016 report of the first-ever statewide evaluation of trial level right to counsel services in Indiana since the state implemented what is widely known as “the Indiana model” for providing indigent defense representation.
September 12th: Nevada Advisory Committee on the Administration of Justice (Carson City, Nevada): The Nevada legislature created the state’s Advisory Committee on the Administration of Justice as a body to build consensus among all criminal justice stakeholders and policymakers about how best to further the aims of justice and coordinate legislative action. 6AC Executive Director David Carroll presents the history of the right to counsel in Nevada and the findings of the Nevada Supreme Court Task Force on Indigent Defense.
July 6th: It Could Be You, KABF Radio (Little Rock, Arkansas): Host John Sarna interviews 6AC Executive Director David Carroll for an hour on the state of the right to counsel in America and in Arkansas specifically. Topics include the absence of counsel in state misdemeanor courts and the appointment of counsel in name only in felony courts.
June 16th: Right to Counsel National Campaign at American University, One-Hour Webinar (Webcast): In an effort to inform and engage policymakers, criminal justice stakeholders, and the community on the importance of meaningfully carrying out the Sixth Amendment right to counsel, the Right to Counsel National Campaign at American University, within the Justice Programs Office, hosts a quarterly webinar covering an array of Sixth Amendment related topics. 6AC Executive Director David Carroll presents a comprehensive overview of right to counsel legislation in the states from the most recent legislative sessions. You can view the full webinar here.
May 20th: Council of State Governments – West (Salt Lake City, Utah): The Council of State Governments West supports legislative coordination amongst 13 western states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) and three territories (American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam). 6AC Executive Director David Carroll presents a history of the right to counsel in the West while exploring pending systemic concerns and recent legislative victories.
May 16th-17th: Committee to Review the Criminal Justice Act Program, national hearings (Minneapolis, Minnesota): U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., appointed the Committee to Review the Criminal Justice Act Program. That Committee is conducting a comprehensive and impartial review of the delivery of indigent defense in the federal criminal system. 6AC Executive Director David Carroll testifies, by invitation, at the last in a series of hearings held around the nation.
May 3rd: Practicing Law Institute, One-Hour Briefing Seminar (Webcast): 6AC Executive Director David Carroll and Kathryn Marshall Ali, senior associate-in-charge of U.S. pro bono at Hogan Lovells US LLP, discuss “How the Private Bar Can Impact America’s Indigent Defense Crisis.”
April 15th: Tennessee Supreme Court, Indigent Representation Task Force (Nashville, Tennessee): In order to guarantee that the indigent representation system in Tennessee is addressing the needs of its recipients as well as benefiting the taxpayers of Tennessee, the Task Force is reviewing the current indigent representation system. 6AC Executive Director David Carroll testifies at the Task Force meeting, as they begin this important evaluative work.
April 14th: Harvard Law School, course on Criminal Procedure: Adjudication “from bail to jail” (Boston, Massachusetts): 6AC Executive Director David Carroll speaks to law students as part of a two-day panel of leaders who are engaging creatively in efforts to improve and reform the criminal justice system. Others on the panel are Victor Rosario, Cathy Bennett, and Ron Sullivan, in the finale to the course taught by Lecturer on Law Lisa Kavanaugh.
March 29th: Boston University School of Law, seminar course on “Wrongful Convictions, Miscarriages of Justice, and the US Criminal Justice System” (Boston, Massachusetts): At the invitation of Prof. Michael Schneider, Jon Mosher explains to students “The Principles of Effective Indigent Defense Systems.” He is joined by Chauncey Wood, a private criminal defense attorney who specializes in post-conviction representation.
February 20th: University of Georgia School of Law, 11th Annual Working in the Public Interest Law Conference (Athens, Georgia): Phyllis Mann joins a panel discussion on representation of defendants in misdemeanor offenses. Also on the panel are David Singleton, Executive Director of the Ohio Justice & Policy Center, and Gerry Weber, Senior Staff Counsel at Southern Center for Human Rights. U.Ga.’s Associate Professor and Director of Civil Clinics Alex Scherr moderates the discussion.
February 6th: American Bar Association, Annual Summit on Indigent Defense (San Diego, California): 6AC Board Chair David Meyer speaks at the summit.
Our 2015 Speaking Engagements:
November 10th: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Right to Counsel National Campaign Inaugural Meeting (Washington, D.C.): Jon Mosher moderates a panel discussion on “Immediate Challenges to the Right to Counsel.” He is joined on the panel by: Judge Tom Boyd from the Michigan District Court bench; Chief Justice James Hardesty of the Nevada Supreme Court; and Senator Rodney Ellis of Texas.
November 5th: Charles Koch Institute, Advancing Justice: An Agenda for Human Dignity and Public Safety (New Orleans, Louisiana): Phyllis Mann moderates a panel discussion on “Justice Delivered: Protecting Liberty and Gideon’s Legacy.” Fellow panelists are: Norman Reimer, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Doug Colbert, University of Maryland Carey School of Law; Jonathan Rapping, Gideon’s Promise; Kim Ball, U.S. Department of Justice; and Rick Jones, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. Watch the panel discussion here.
October 26th: KVNU, For The People (Utah): David Carroll is interviewed by Jason Williams about the 6AC report on Utah’s trial-level indigent defense services, The Right to Counsel in Utah: An Assessment of Trial-Level Indigent Defense Services. You can listen to the interview, which begins at 8:05 on the podcast.
September 16th: University of Massachusetts School of Law (Dartmouth, Massachusetts): David Carroll makes a presentation to law students on the “National Perspective on Indigent Defense Systems and Standards.”
July 13th: National Association of Counties (Charlotte, North Carolina): David Carroll, along with Preeti Menon of the Office of Justice Programs at American University, presents a workshop at NACo’s 80th Annual Conference & Exposition discussing how county officials and public defenders can join forces to form safer communities.
July 1st: National Sheriff’s Association (Baltimore, Maryland): David Carroll, along with Preeti Menon of the Office of Justice Programs at American University, presents at the NSA Annual Conference on “What Every Sheriff Should Know About the Sixth Amendment (or, How Criminal Defense Attorneys Improve Public Safety.”
June 12th: Connecticut State Public Defender (Hartford, Connecticut): David Carroll and Jon Mosher provide a joint presentation at the Annual Meeting of Connecticut public defenders on “The Right to Counsel: Systemic Safeguards for the Sixth Amendment.”
June 2nd: Idaho Legislative Interim Committee on Indigent Defense (Boise, Idaho): David Carroll addresses “Liberty vs. Tyranny: The Right to Counsel, and Our Uniquely American Adversarial System of Justice.”
April 14th: Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (Lansing, Michigan): David Carroll discusses “Implementing Act 93: Michigan Indigent Defense Commission.”
January 5th-6th: 6AC Justice Watch program (Jackson, Mississippi): In conjunction with Harvard Law School students and attorneys from Hogan Lovells US LLP, Jon Mosher and Elly Kalfus present “Justice Watch: Studying the Right to Counsel in Mississippi.”
Our 2014 Speaking Engagements:
December 17th: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (Memphis, Tennessee): David Carroll makes a presentation to Shelby County, Tennessee, criminal justice stakeholders, addressing “Ensuring Justice: A National Perspective on Indigent Defense Systems Building.”
December 4th: Nevada Supreme Court (Las Vegas, Nevada): David Carroll provides testimony before the Nevada Supreme Court on the abolition of flat-fee contracts for public defense representation.
October 31st: University of Tennessee College of Law (Knoxville, Tennessee): Jon Mosher presents an “Overview of the National Right to Counsel” at the UT Right to Counsel Symposium. The presentation describes the well-documented and long-standing systemic deficiencies across the country stemming from inadequate funding and resources and explains political and funding reforms responding to the crisis in indigent criminal defense.
October 8th: New England School of Law (Boston, Massachusetts): David Carroll presents on “Gideon at 50: America’s Indigent Defense Crisis.”
September 17th: Indiana Public Defender Commission (Indianapolis, Indiana): David Carroll discusses “Measuring the Right to Counsel in Indiana.
August 7th: American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Legal Aid & Indigent Defendants and Criminal Justice Section (Boston, Massachusetts): David Carroll presents on “The Criminal Justice Act at 50.”
April 18th: National Association for Public Defense (Lexington, Kentucky): David Carroll presents “Public Defense Workload: The National Perspective” at the NAPD’s three-day Workload Leadership Institute.
March 18th: University of the District of Columbia Law School (Washington, D.C.): Jon Mosher participates on a panel discussion, “Gideon 2.0 – Guaranteeing Effective Assistance of Counsel.” The discussion follows a special screening of HBO Film’s Gideon’s Army. Fellow panelists include: Ed Burnette (moderator), National Legal Aid & Defender Association; Christopher Durocher, The Constitution Project; Jenny Roberts, American University-Washington College of Law; Santha Sonenberg, Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia.
March 18th: Boston University, School of Law (Boston, Massachusetts): David Carroll follows up 2013’s address at BU with another discussing the impact of systemic indigent defense deficiencies on wrongful convictions. Special emphasis is placed on undue political and judicial interference, and the use of United States v. Cronic to get at how systemic deficiencies prevent even the best lawyers from providing constitutionally effective right to counsel services.
March 3rd: Mississippi Supreme Court Task Force on Indigent Defense (Jackson, Mississippi): David Carroll, along with Mississippi State Public Defender Leslie Lee, presents “The Right to Counsel in Mississippi: Findings & Recommendations.”
February 26th: University of Baltimore School of Law (Baltimore, Maryland): Jon Mosher joins a panel discussion regarding the Maryland Court of Appeals’ recent decision in DeWolfe v. Richmond requiring the state to provide access to counsel at bail hearings and the implications of that ruling both locally and nationally.
Our 2013 Speaking Engagements:
October 17th: Idaho Legislative Interim Committee on Indigent Defense (Boise, Idaho): David Carroll presents information to the Committee about “How States Structure Right to Counsel Services.”
September 19th: Tennessee Judges Conference (Gatlinburg, Tennessee): David Carroll, in conjunction with the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts, makes a presentation on “Towards a Uniform Definition of a ‘Case.’”
August 15th: Idaho Legislative Interim Committee on Indigent Defense (Boise, Idaho): David Carroll discusses “The Right to Counsel: Constitutional Requirements, Standards & State Trends.”
June 5th: New Jersey State Public Defender (Trenton, New Jersey): David Carroll makes a presentation on the state of indigent defense services in the United States and where national advocates tend to view New Jersey in relation to other states when it comes to providing an effective lawyer with the time and training to present an effective defense. A special emphasis is placed on the need for a statewide commission to protect the independence of the defense function, as New Jersey is just one of seven statewide, state-funded public defender systems where the chief defender is a gubernatorial appointee (the others are: Alaska, Delaware, Rhode Island, Iowa, and Wyoming).
May 1st: Michigan House Judiciary Committee (Lansing, Michigan): David Carroll provides testimony on “The Right to Counsel in Michigan 50 Years after Gideon.”
April 9th: Brennan Center and John Jay College of Criminal Justice (New York, New York): David Carroll moderates a roundtable discussion on the constitutional right to counsel and the impact of Gideon v. Wainwright. Special emphasis is placed on what went right and what went wrong with indigent defense over the past 50 years and how to lay a path forward to fulfill Gideon’s promise. Panelists include: Karen Houppert (author of Chasing Gideon); Jonathan Gradess (Director of the New York State Defenders Association); Gloria Browne-Marshall (Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice); and Thomas Giovanni (Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice).
March 26th: Rutgers School of Law – Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society (Newark, New Jersey): David Carroll participates in a panel entitled “Gideon at 50: Providing Better Representation to Indigent Criminal Defendants.” Other participants include: The Hon. Patricia Costello, Superior Court Judge; Joseph Krakora, New Jersey State Public Defender; Alexander Shalom, American Civil Liberties of New Jersey; and Paul Fishman, United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
March 19th: Boston University, School of Law (Boston, Massachusetts): David Carroll addresses the impact of systemic indigent defense deficiencies on wrongful convictions. Special emphasis is placed on undue political and judicial interference and the use of United States v. Cronic to get at how systemic deficiencies prevent even the best lawyers from providing constitutionally effective right to counsel services.
March 12th: The Hamilton Burnett Chapter of the American Inns of Court (Knoxville, Tennessee): In honor of the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, 6AC Executive Director David Carroll is part of a panel, along with Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade, Knox County Public Defender Mark Stephens, retired District Attorney Paul Phillips, and Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts General Counsel David Haines, discussing the state of indigent defense in America. What are we getting right? What are we getting wrong? How do we better deal with the problem?
February 21st: Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law (Houston, Texas): David Carroll presents at a forum entitled: “Indigent Defense Systems and Policy Impact on the Quality of Legal Representation.” Mr. Carroll discusses the current state of the right to counsel in America and what national standards require of indigent defense systems. A particular focus is placed on the need for independence of the defense function and the removal of undue judicial interference.
February 9th: The American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants – 2013 Summit on Indigent Defense Improvements (Dallas, Texas): 6AC Deputy Director Jon Mosher participates on a panel entitled “Annual Review of National Developments in Indigent Defense.” There, Mr. Mosher presents an overview of the most important right to counsel news stories from 2012. You can read a transcript of the presentation and view the accompanying slide presentation.
January 22nd: Utah State Legislature (Salt Lake City, Utah): David Carroll makes his “Presentation before the President of the Utah Senate and the Speaker of the House.”
Our 2012 Speaking Engagements:
September 22nd: Pennsylvania Public Defender Association (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania): David Carroll and Jon Mosher jointly present on “Chief Defender Leadership to Advance Indigent Defense Systemic Reform: A National Perspective.”