Life of a Public Defender
The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy . . . the assistance of counsel for [his or her] defense.” America’s public defenders provide an indispensable service to our local communities. To celebrate their commitment to the public good, SABA-DC, in conjunction with SABA San Diego and SABA Chicago, is hosting a panel of accomplished public defenders who have served as public defenders in communities across the country including Washington, DC, Baltimore, Chicago, San Diego, Houston, and Santa Clara. We will hold a discussion about what it means to be a public defender, the unique challenges of serving as a public defender, and why diverse attorneys should consider pursuing a career as a public defender.
Amrutha Jindal, Chief Defender Attorney, Restoring Justice (Houston), former Trial Attorney, Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.
Avi Singh, Deputy Public Defender, Santa Clara County Office of the Public Defender, Podcaster @ Aider and Abettor
Maneka Sinha, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Maryland, Carey School of Law, former Special Counsel to the Director on Forensic Science, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
Klara Stephens, Assistant Public Defender, Cook County Public Defender
Moderator: Maya Chaudhuri, 3L, UCLA School of Law, former SABA-DC Public Interest Fellow
When: Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 7:00 pm ET
Where: Zoom (link to be emailed to registrants)