Harvard’s Tribe To Lead Federal Indigent Defense Program


The Justice Department is launching a program to help low-income people receive legal help. Harvard Law Prof. Laurence Tribe will lead the Access to Justice initiative, reports National Public Radio. He will coordinate with judges and lawyers across the U.S., finding ways to help people who cannot afford a lawyer. Last week, the department held a symposium on the problem.

Tribe also will look to programs outside of the criminal justice system, such as drug courts and mental health courts. He will work on issues related to criminal, civil, and family courts. Kenneth Starr, dean of Pepperdine Law School and former federal appeals court judge, called Tribe a “brilliant” choice to lead the initiative

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