Public Defender Corps

Across the country, public defender offices are underfunded, understaffed and burdened with insurmountable caseloads.  With too few public defenders handling too many cases, those who cannot afford representation are being denied their fundamental right to counsel, and many are languishing in jail at taxpayers’ expense.

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Public Defender Corps is a joint program of Equal Justice Works and Gideon's Promise designed to combat this growing problem. Providing intensive training and mentoring to new attorneys, the goal of Public Defender Corps is to support the public defender community and raise the standard of representation across the country.

The 2011 and 2012 class of Public Defender Corps members are working in public defender offices in Alabama, Louisiana, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and West Virginia where they will receive ongoing funding, training and mentoring as part of their three-year fellowships.

Meet and learn more about the class of 2012 Public Defender Corps Members. Click here for a news release on the 2012 class.

Click here to view the 2011 Public Defender Corps Members.

Important Update: Equal Justice Works and Gideon's Promise have recently learned that the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, will not provide funding for the Public Defender Corps program in 2012-2013 and beyond. As such, the application process for the Public Defender Corps class of 2013 will not open on July 6 as previously planned.

We are actively seeking alternative funding sources for the program. We recommend that you periodically check our website for updates.

Please contact Equal Justice Works at publicdefendercorps@equaljusticeworks.org for questions regarding Public Defender Corps members in Kentucky, New York, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

Please contact Ilham Askia at ilham@gideonspromise.org for questions regarding Public Defender Corps members in Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, West Virginia and Tennessee.

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