"No matter how tired and overworked I feel, video lawyering with my clients will happen over my dead body. I have an obligation to every client to give them my best representation. Period."
says juvenile public defender Carrie Prentice. Public defenders, who represent clients too poor to pay for a lawyer, are notoriously overworked and underfunded. “The average state public defender works about 70 percent more cases per year than is recommended by the American Bar Association,” explains David Stowman, chairman of the Minnesota Board of Public Defense. This translates into about 12 minutes per client per day.
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"Finance is a barrier to participation. One of our core values is being egalitarian—so we created a new model. We’re not trying to be proselytes, but we are trying to develop audience members out of people who are currently non-audience members."
— Minneapolis’ Mixed Blood theater’s Artistic Director Jack Reule, speaking about the theatre group’s new radical hospitality concept, which provides no-cost admission to shows. (via metromag)