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The Bronx Defenders Announcements

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…

The Bronx Defenders 2009 Annual Gala

Thank you to all of those who attended our Annual Gala at the Tribeca Rooftop. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to honor former Chief Judge Judith Kaye. It was a beautiful night attended by many from the vibrant New York legal community. We thank all who attended for their generous support…

Robin travels to… Hawaii

The Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association invited Robin Steinberg to speak at their Sunny Climate Annual Conference in Hawaii. Robin spoke about Holistic Defense and its benefits for clients and advocates alike.

Robin travels to… Israel

Robin Steinberg traveled this fall to Israel, where she met with Criminal justice leaders, judges, and public defenders at the US Embassy. She advocated with government officials for the integration of social workers into the public defender office and gave a talk at the Annual Public Defender Conference in Israel about the benefits and dangers…

Ann travels to Michigan

Ann Mathews was the keynote speaker at the Southfield, Michigan library for an interfaith roundtable forum on public defense sponsored by the Michigan Campaign for Justice. The Campaign is a broad-based group of organizations and individuals from across the political spectrum fighting for a fair and effective public defense system in Michigan. She spoke about…

Robin travels to… Maldova

Robin Steinberg traveled to Eastern Europe with the Justice Initiatives Program at OSI where she conducted skills training for young public defenders and worked with their idealistic advocates on making Holistic Defense a reality in Moldova.