“Defenders United” is a new podcast centered on the lives and work of public defense attorneys across the United States, from the perspective of a current law student at Georgetown Law. Each episode seeks to explore the role of public defense in our society, bringing a diverse array of voices and lived experiences from all parts of the country. Now available on iTunes!
Episode 3: Cheryl Sobeski-Reedy, Luzerne County Office of the Public Defender (Wilkes-Barre)
“I would go into courtrooms and there wouldn’t be women lawyers there, and I would say, ‘I’m going to keep coming in here so that they get used to seeing a woman.’ I remember thinking that at the time — ‘I’m not going anywhere, I’m going to keep coming.'” In Episode 3, Cheryl Sobeski-Reedy discusses her experience as a young female attorney at a time when the profession was comprised mainly of male attorneys. Cheryl also discusses her work during the aftermath of the “Kids for Cash” scandal in 2009, the opioid epidemic, and how to sustain a career in public defense for over twenty years.
Episode 2: Will Snowden, Orleans Public Defenders
In Episode 2, attorney William Snowden from Orleans Public Defenders discusses diversity in law school, Louisiana’s habitual offender statute, his non-profit The Juror Project, and Professor Paul Butler’s radical 1995 law review article “Racially Based Jury Nullification: Black Power in the Criminal Justice System.”
Episode 1: Bahar Ansari, The Legal Aid Society (Brooklyn)
In our first episode, Bahar discusses the relationship between her work and her identity as an Iranian-American woman, the singular challenges of representing indigent clients in New York City, sexism in court, and advice for both future defenders and prosecutors. Download the transcript here.