1 hr 14 min

03: Texas Public Defense with James McDermott and Scott Ehlers Public Defenseless

    • Business

In a country that lacks legal representation for all, some people are fighting for change. 
 
James McDermott, Chief Public Defender of Far West Texas, and Scott Ehlers, Director of Public Defense Improvement at the Texas Indigent Defense Commission, are two of those people.
 
In this group interview, James and Scott discuss the Texas Indigent Defense System and how they make a positive impact in their respective areas. 
 
We uncover the barriers stopping people from receiving fair legal representation and even hear some heartwarming stories about clients that James and Scott represent. 
 
If you want to dive deep into the complexities of the Texas Indigent Defense System and learn how you can help, this is the episode for you.
 
Key Topics and Takeaways 
 
What James and Scott do, and the role their offices play. Community outreach and support services within the Texas Indigent Defense System. Why the willingness for judges to work with public defenders is so important. The barriers stopping Texas from providing fair legal representation. The real price of public defense and why Texas has not allowed more state funding. Who the average client of a public defense office is. The importance of client-centered and holistic defense models. Guests:
James McDermott, Chief Public Defender Far West Texas
Far West Texas Regional Public Defender
Scott Ehlers, Director of Public Defense Improvement, Texas Indigent Defense Commission
Texas Indigent Defense Commission 
 
References
County Sixth Amendment Center
Texas Fair Defense Project 
Texas Inmate Families Association 

In a country that lacks legal representation for all, some people are fighting for change. 
 
James McDermott, Chief Public Defender of Far West Texas, and Scott Ehlers, Director of Public Defense Improvement at the Texas Indigent Defense Commission, are two of those people.
 
In this group interview, James and Scott discuss the Texas Indigent Defense System and how they make a positive impact in their respective areas. 
 
We uncover the barriers stopping people from receiving fair legal representation and even hear some heartwarming stories about clients that James and Scott represent. 
 
If you want to dive deep into the complexities of the Texas Indigent Defense System and learn how you can help, this is the episode for you.
 
Key Topics and Takeaways 
 
What James and Scott do, and the role their offices play. Community outreach and support services within the Texas Indigent Defense System. Why the willingness for judges to work with public defenders is so important. The barriers stopping Texas from providing fair legal representation. The real price of public defense and why Texas has not allowed more state funding. Who the average client of a public defense office is. The importance of client-centered and holistic defense models. Guests:
James McDermott, Chief Public Defender Far West Texas
Far West Texas Regional Public Defender
Scott Ehlers, Director of Public Defense Improvement, Texas Indigent Defense Commission
Texas Indigent Defense Commission 
 
References
County Sixth Amendment Center
Texas Fair Defense Project 
Texas Inmate Families Association 

1 hr 14 min

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