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.
Drinan, Cara H.
"Systematic Indigent Defense Litigation: A 2010 Update,"
Tennessee Journal of Law & Policy:
3, Article 3.
Available at: http://trace.tennessee.edu/tjlp/vol7/iss3/3