Monday, December 26, 2005
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) has named Indiana CrimProf Norman Lefstein, professor of law and dean emeritus, as the 2005 “Champion of Indigent Defense.” As Chair of the Indigent Defense Advisory Group of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (SCLAID) for the past six years, Lefstein has been responsible for overseeing the ABA’s efforts to improve indigent defense systems around the country. He is also a four-term Chair of the Indiana Public Defender Commission, a position to which two Indiana governors have appointed him.
Most recently, Professor Lefstein oversaw the research and writing of a comprehensive SCLAID report on the nationwide crisis in indigent defense, Gideon’s Broken Promise: America’s Continuing Quest for Equal Justice (February 2005).
"For four decades, Professor Lefstein has championed the cause of poor persons accused of crimes, using every opportunity to fight for reform of the nation’s broken indigent defense systems," said Bill Whitehurst, SCLAID Chair, who nominated Lefstein for the award.