I received a very nice response from Meg in Oregon in an email and in the comments section of Becoming A Public Defender Investigator, she was very appreciative of everyone's comments (thanks to everyone that tossed in their 2 cents). Meg raised an interesting issue (that has been raised here before) that people may not get a chance to respond to if they don't read the comments, so I'm reposting a snippet here:
I have a question for all of you out there in the field. I often surf the Portland IndyMedia website because its a forum for local activists and frequently has info related to civil rights and indigent defense. I posted a question there asking if there was a group or "cause" who might need volunteer help related (however remotely) to legal defense. Boy, did I get an ear full from a couple of people. Basically, the gist was that "trainees" shouldn't be messing around with an indigent's clients' future.Here's the link:http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/01/331277.shtml?discussThis post then inspired another (by the same rather rabid individual) entitled "Public Defenders should go onI, obviously, don't agree with the negative sentiments expressed in these posts. But I was wondering what you all had to say about this. Do you often face such harsh criticism from your clients and/or the public in general?Sorry this is so long. Thanks for your time and input.Meg
I remember last time we had this discussion, it seemed all over the place with some people favoring ONLY paid internships and others saying that unpaid internships were a good way to get your foot in the door also and maybe one that said internships were a waste of time.