At the American Bar Association's National Public Defense Symposium in May, 2010, I delivered a talk on systemic indigent defense litigation. I spoke about this kind of litigation with measured optimism. Specifically, I described two pending suits of this kind - one in Michigan and one in New York - as successful models of modem litigation in this arena. In May, both suits had just survived motions to dismiss before their respective state supreme courts. I discussed the future trials in these suits and the potential for litigants to replicate the success of these suits in other jurisdictions.

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