The Future of Public Defense in California: A Discussion with the Los Angeles Public Defender Ricardo García

February 15, 2023 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

How is California's indigent defense system currently structured? How does indigent defense address racial disparities in the criminal justice system? How might we think about growing institutional public defense in California while strengthening and improving the quality of representation? How can we support and nurture the attorneys and staff working at public defender offices to sustain them in this work?

Los Angeles is home to the first public defender's office in the state, indeed in the country, and has long been a leader in indigent defense. As a state, California has long taken pride in having one of the earliest and strongest public defender system in the country.

Introduction by: Russell Korobkin, Dean, UCLA School of Law

Featuring Los Angeles County Public Defender Ricardo García 
in conversation with Ingrid Eagly, Faculty Director, Criminal Justice Program, UCLA Law

Event co-sponsors:

Critical Race Studies 
Program in Prison Law and Policy 
Office of Career Services 
Public Interest Law and Policy Program 
Office of Public Interest Programs 
Law Students for Decarceration