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CUA Law professor Cara Drinan was recently quoted in Paul Marcus', President of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), 2017 Presidential Address at William & Mary Law School.  See below. 
 

“Access to Justice” at the Second Meeting of the AALS House of Representatives, 2017 Annual Meeting

CUA Law professor Cara Drinan was recently quoted in Paul Marcus', President of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), 2017 Presidential Address at William & Mary Law School.

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I have worked principally in the criminal justice area, so I will begin by explaining the somewhat shocking unmet needs for lawyers. Professor Cara Drinan at the Catholic University of America wrote recently, “Indigent defense systems across the nation operate with far too little money, resulting in a host of interrelated consequences. Public defenders carry excessive caseloads, they have inadequate, if any, access to investigative and expert assistance, and they cannot meet with and counsel their clients effectively and in a timely manner. Many indigent defendants make unintelligent waivers of their right to counsel, endure months in jail without hearing a status report from their lawyers, fail to secure pre-trial releases from jail, and either agree to plea bargains or go to trial without adequate discussion or preparation.”

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Drinan is on the Planning Committee for the 2018 AALS meeting and is scheduled to speak on the conference's keynote panel. Panelists include: Justice of the Supreme Court of Virgina, S. Bernard Goodwyn; Executive Director of Bay Area Legal Aid, Alex R. Gulotta; and Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law, Martha Minow. 

 

Click here to view Marcus' full speech. 

Cara Drinan  

Professor Cara H. Drinan's
Areas of Expertise

Access to counsel

Indigent defense

Structural litigation

Clemency

Death Penalty

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