Professor Norman Lefstein, former dean of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and the country's leading expert on the delivery of indigent defense services in state criminal courts, has written this book examining the pervasive and unreasonably high caseloads that public defenders have been enduring for almost 50 years. This book provides both a comprehensive review of the legal authority pertaining to excessive caseloads and recommendations on managing and dealing with high caseloads.
Sponsoring Entity: ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants
"Norman Lefstein ... has written a book that should be required reading for every public defender and every judge in America. The book is also a wake-up call to judges and public defenders in particular to stop participating in a system that is both unconstitutional and unprofessional ...." Written by Stephen Hanlon, Book Review featured in The Champion, NACDL.
"For all those committed to justice ... this is a vital book by the nation's leading scholar on indigent defense systems. ... [I]t is truly the first of its kind in a sorely understudied field." Written in a Foreword to the book by William Sessions, former Director of the FBI.