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The Bronx Defenders Announcements

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…

Robin spoke at the International Perspectives on Indigent Defense Workshop in D.C

Robin Steinberg spoke at the International Perspectives on Indigent Defense, a workshop jointly sponsored by the Department of Justice’s Access to Justice Initiative (ATJ) and the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) International Center. The workshop focused on identifying the best of practices for indigent defense. “The vast majority of criminal defendants in the United States…

Robin Steinberg comments on new report by Human Rights Watch

A new report by the Human Rights Watch finds that thousands of people accused of minor crimes end up in Rikers Island each year only because they cannot afford to pay even small amounts of bail. Read what The Bronx Defenders’ Executive Director, Robin Steinberg, has to say… New York Times: “The client is placed…

The Center for Holistic Defense selects three Partner Public Defender Offices

The Center for Holistic Defense, sponsored by BJA and a project of The Bronx Defenders, has announced the recipients of its 2010 Holistic Defense for Public Defender Offices Technical Assistance Project. In response to its Request for Proposals, the Center received 23 applications from public defender offices across the country. The three offices chosen are…

The Block Defenders Community Block Party

On June 30, 2010, a balmy summer afternoon, the Bronx Defenders hosted around 500 community members including our clients and their families at The Bronx Defenders’ annual Community Block Party. From 12 to 5pm, the block party featured live music featuring a number of Bronx artists; free food (serving over 1500 hot dogs and burgers);…

The new Center for Holistic Defense

The Bronx Defenders is thrilled to announce our newest innovative venture—the creation and implementation of The Center for Holistic Defense. With funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and in collaboration with The Center for Court Innovation and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Center will help fill a…

McGregor awarded the Kutak-Dodds Prize

n recognition of his efforts to ensure equal justice for all people regardless of ability to pay, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) announced today that McGregor Smyth, the Managing Attorney of the Civil Action Practice, is this year’s winner of the Kutak-Dodds Prize, alongside Alan Alop, Deputy Director for Intake Offices, Legal…

Shoshana spoke at the Prisoner Justice Conference in Albany

Shoshana Brown was a speaker at The Prisoner Justice Conference, a gathering of over 57 organizations statewide that are doing prisoner justice work. The conference was a day long in Albany and close to 200 people attended. Shoshana spoke about the political necessity of this conference and shared her own personal story of how mass…

Robin and Ariane travel to Pennsylvania – March 1, 2010

Robin Steinberg and The Bronx Defenders Social Worker Ariane Eigler spoke at the 29th annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania Law School titled “Now More Than Ever: Expanding Access to Justice in Times of Crisis.” The symposium is an annual event inviting legal experts and practitioners to speak on poverty law…

Robin travels to Washington, DC

Robin Steinberg was featured on a panel moderated by Professor Paul Butler called “The Evolving Role of the Public Defender” at the 2010 Indigent Defense Symposium in Washington, D.C. The three day event, entitled “Looking Back, Looking Forward” was hosted by the Attorney General’s office. The symposium was created to provide an environment for public…

Rebecca testifies in front of New York City Council

Rebecca Engel testified in front of the City Council about proposed gang laws that would negatively affect the clients of The Bronx Defenders. She highlighted the drastic civil consequences young people charged with misdemeanors can potentially face, as well as the ways that this legislation would exacerbate the racial bias and over-policing problems we already…