Expert Services

We provide technical assistance that is tailored to the unique needs and requests in each jurisdiction. This ranges from staffing government task forces, to holding confidential one-on-one meetings, to testifying before legislatures when asked. We also educate the public through speaking engagements, our Pleading the Sixth blog, and sharing what we know about the right to counsel so you can help fix the issue.

Government Technical Assistance

Speaking Engagements

  • March 12, 2013

    The Hamilton Burnett Chapter of the American Inns of Court Knoxville, Tennessee

    In honor of the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, 6AC Executive Director David Carroll is part of a panel, along with Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade, Knox County Public Defender Mark Stephens, retired District Attorney Paul Phillips, and Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts General Counsel David Haines, discussing the state of indigent defense in America. What are we getting right? What are we getting wrong? How do we better deal with the problem?
  • February 21, 2013

    Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law Houston, Texas

    David Carroll presents at a forum entitled: “Indigent Defense Systems and Policy Impact on the Quality of Legal Representation.” Mr. Carroll discusses the current state of the right to counsel in America and what national standards require of indigent defense systems. A particular focus is placed on the need for independence of the defense function and the removal of undue judicial interference.
  • February 9, 2013

    American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, 2013 Summit on Indigent Defense Improvements Dallas, Texas

    Deputy Director Jon Mosher participates on a panel entitled “Annual Review of National Developments in Indigent Defense.” Mosher presents an overview of the most important right to counsel news stories from 2012.
  • September 22, 2012

    Pennsylvania Public Defender Association Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    David Carroll and Jon Mosher jointly present on “Chief Defender Leadership to Advance Indigent Defense Systemic Reform: A National Perspective.”

While a criminal trial is not a game in which the participants are expected to enter the ring with a near match in skills, neither is it a sacrifice of unarmed prisoners to gladiators.

— United States v. Cronic (1984)

That government hires lawyers to prosecute and defendants who have the money hire lawyers to defend are the strongest indications of the widespread belief that lawyers in criminal courts are necessities, not luxuries.

— Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)

We reject … the premise that, since prosecutions for crimes punishable by imprisonment for less than six months may be tried without a jury, they may also be tried without a lawyer.

— Argersinger v. Hamlin (1972)