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The Bronx Defenders Announcements

The Bronx Defenders was awarded a grant from OCA

The Bronx Defenders was awarded a grant from the Oversight Board for Judiciary Civil Legal Services Funds in New York. This 2011-2012 grant comes from the $12.5 million that the OCA is distributing to 56 civil legal service providers. For more information please read the New York Law Journal article.

The Bronx Defenders is the 2011 Hodson Award Winner

At the American Bar Association 2011 Annual Meeting on August 4-9 in Toronto, Bronx Defenders Executive Director Robin Steinberg will accept the 2011 Hodson Award. The Hodson Award named in honor of the distinguished public service career of the late Major General Kenneth J. Hodson, a former Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army, and…

Article on Padilla published in the Howard Law Journal by McGregor Smyth

Article published in the Howard Law Journal by McGregor Smyth, Managing Attorney of the Civil Action Practice and Director of Reentry Net, examines the practical effect of Padilla for criminal defense attorneys currently working with clients on pending cases. The article uses the legal reasoning of Padilla to outline a structure for approaching the daunting…

THE BRONX DEFENDERS’ 2011 COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2011 Contact: Dawit Getachew Community Outreach Associate The Bronx Defenders Phone: 718-838-7950 dawitg@bronxdefenders.org THE BRONX DEFENDERS’ 2011 COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY WHAT:   The Bronx Defenders Community Block Party is a fun, safe venue for children and community members to enjoy free food, music and entertainment, play games, participate in arts and…

The Bronx Defenders’ Summer Kick Off and Happy Hour on Tuesday, June 21!

Join The Bronx Defenders’ Young Professionals Committee on Tuesday, June 21, from 7-9PM at The Wharf Bar & Grill in Manhattan for a discussion on the NYPD’s controversial Stop & Frisk policing strategy. At the Wharf, you will meet like-minded individuals, talk to Bronx Defenders staff about the real life implications of Stop & Frisk…

Robin, McGregor, and Jennifer presented at the “Padilla and the Future of the Defense Function conference at Cordozo Law

Robin Steinberg, Executive Director, McGregor Smyth, Managing Attorney of the Civil Action Practice, and Jennifer Friedman, Supervising Immigration Attorney in the Civil Action Practice, presented at the “Padilla and the Future of the Defense Function” conference at the Jacob Burns Ethics Center in the Practice of Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law on June 20-21,…

The Center for Holistic Defense Announces Technical Assistance Winners

Bronx, New York—May 16, 2011—The Center for Holistic Defense (“The Center”), a project of The Bronx Defenders, in collaboration with The Center for Court Innovation, is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of The Holistic Defense for Public Defender Offices Technical Assistance Project. 2011 Participants of The Holistic Defense Technical Assistance Project Harris County Courts—Texas…

The Defenders’ Academy: Unique Trial Skills Program offered by The Bronx Defenders

In May, for the third year running, The Bronx Defenders hosted an intensive trial skills program, Defenders’ Academy: Spring Training. In the past, only Bronx Defenders attorneys have had a chance to participate in this CLE accredited program. Now, this has all changed. For the first time, we opened enrollment in the Defenders’ Academy to attorneys in the…

Robin spoke at WNYC’s Greene Space on a panel discussing Stop and Frisk

Robin Steinberg spoke at WNYC’s Greene Space on a panel discussing Stop and Frisk. This panel, a part of The NEXT New York Conversation, discussed both sides of the controversial police strategy and how this procedure affects New Yorkers. “Even as violent crime rates in New York have dropped dramatically in the past 15 years,…

Robin spoke to the Colorado Public Defenders at The University of Denver

Robin Steinberg, our Executive Director, spoke to the Colorado Public Defenders and Defense Bar at The University of Denver. The training was titled: “Better Serving our Clients: Holistic and Client Centered Representation.” Robin spoke in two sessions: “Holistic Representation: The Bronx Defenders Model” and “How Do I Make This Happen? Resources and Parameters”.

Kumar spoke at NYSDA’s Criminal Defense Tactics and Techniques program

Kumar Rao, Staff Attorney, spoke at the New York State Defenders Association program Criminal Defense Tactics and Techniques XIII at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He ran the training on “Plea Negotiations: Theory, Strategies, and Tactics.” Event details: Criminal Defense Tactics and Techniques XIII presented by the New York State Defenders Association Saturday, April 2,…

Event Announcement: The Bronx Reentry Working Group had a Reentry forum

The Bronx Reentry Working Group: “I’m Home . . . What Next? A Community Forum and Resource Fair” A FREE hands-on community forum for understanding what it takes to come home after incarceration. Saturday, May 7, 2011 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice 244 East 163rd Street Bronx, NY…

Robin spoke at Middlebury College’s spring symposium

Robin Steinberg spoke at Middlebury College’s spring symposium “Communities and Justice: Inequality and Innovation in America’s Justice System”. The symposium is addressing the key problems in the justice system. Robin spoke about holistic community building and the importance of a public defense system.   To read more click here and here.

Robin travels to… Texas

Robin Steinberg spoke at the Lives in the Law Speaker Series at the University of Texas. “Lives in the Law” is an occasional speaker series spotlighting the professional experiences of lawyers who work to improve the lives of others through public services. She was featured in a segment called “Fighting for Justice in the Bronx”…

Robin spoke at the 6th Annual Guggenheim Conference on Crime in America

Robin Steinberg spoke on the panel “Criminal Justice: Is the system failing us?” at the 6th Annual Harry F. Guggenheim Conference on Crime in America. The conference was on “Facing the Legal and Economic Challenges to the American Criminal Justice System” and took place at John Jay College.

Public Defender Offices Eligible for Free Technical Assistance

Bronx, New York – January 26, 2011 – The Center for Holistic Defense, a project of The Bronx Defenders is inviting Public Defender offices from across the country to submit a request for technical assistance. Through this competitive process, three (3) public defender offices will receive hands-on expert assistance to transition from a traditional service model…