Federal Support for Prosecutors and Public Defenders

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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3 Responses

  1. JrL says:

    The title of the posting is misleading. The version of the statute I saw applies to government lawyers who “prosecute criminal cases at the state or local level.” Few assistant attorneys general in the states will qualify; in all but a couple of states, nearly all prosecutions are done outside of AG’s offices. Hopefully the statute will be construed by the US Attorney General to cover the assistant attorneys general who handle criminal appeals – a much larger group, though still relatively small minority of lawyers hired by state attorneys general. It might even be construed to cover those handling post-conviction challenges, including habeas. But again, it will be of little benefit to most state attorneys general and their assistants.

  2. Deven says:

    hmm. Interesting point. I inadvertently conflated prosecutors with attorney’s general. The bill itself seems more broad as you note. I will change the title of the post. Thanks.

    By the way if you have more about the structure of the state offices that would great to learn. Oklahoma was in favor of the bill and saw it as helping all its prosectors and attorneys, but it seems it may not be the norm if I understand your comment.

  3. Mr. Cookie says:

    A major problem with the bill is that it does not contain a salary cap. One can receive the aid regardless of his or her salary and regardless of whether the community is underserved. This comes at a time when there are folks who can truly use the need and there are areas that are truly underserved and in a state of economic depression.

    The bill should apply to all attorneys who are objectively underpaid and serve the public in some manner A separate bill is desirable to assist communities to hire more public service attorneys.