Defenders United

“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 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.”

“That sound of the links rubbing up against each other and that shuffle of the feet, is something that I will never forget. I don’t know what slavery sounds like, but I’m sure it’s similar to that.”
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A street view from outside 2601 Tulane Avenue, the office complex that houses Orleans Public Defenders. The stone monolith in the distance is Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.
From the “Murder Beats Not People” second line in March. #longlivekharen

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

Bahar, protesting in Lower Manhattan on January 29, 2017, just two days after Trump signed Executive Order 13769, a.k.a. “The Travel Ban”, into effect.
Bahar sitting at her uncharacteristically empty desk at 111 Livingston Street in Downtown Brooklyn — she’ll be moving temporarily to CUNY School of Law as a visiting clinical professor in the Criminal Defense Clinic.