The May issue of The Champion, magazine of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), contains an essay on being a criminal defense lawyer by my friend and colleague, Alan Yatvin.
Informal Opinion: Representing ‘Those People’ Achieves Justice
By Alan L. Yatvin
“How can you represent those people?” In three decades as a criminal defense attorney, I had heard that question many times — at cocktail parties and from prosecutors, police, victims, law students, and once even from a judge. It comes with the territory. I understand that people accused of crimes are often automatically condemned, while their lawyers are regarded with contempt. However, as I walked along that steamy January afternoon, I was shocked by the source of the question. This time it was my wife, Laura, prompted by a just completed hour-long audio tour of a former fruit orchard on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
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