[On July 29th the Los Angeles Public Defenders’ Union was
formally recognized by the Los Angeles County Employee Relations
Committee. This paves the way for collective bargaining for the
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 LOS ANGELES PUBLIC DEFENDERS UNIONIZE  
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 Spike Friedman 
 July 30, 2018
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 _ On July 29th the Los Angeles Public Defenders’ Union was formally
recognized by the Los Angeles County Employee Relations Committee.
This paves the way for collective bargaining for the attorneys who
represent defendants. _ 

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Yesterday the Los Angeles Public Defenders’ Union was formally
recognized by the Los Angeles County Employee Relations Committee.
This paves the way for collective bargaining for the attorneys who
represent defendants who would otherwise be deprived of counsel. The
union was organized as a local of Council 36 of the American
Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Founded in 1914, the Los Angeles County Public Defender was the first
office of its kind in the United States, and is the largest criminal
defense firm in the world with nearly 700 attorneys. Staff complained
of heavy caseloads and promotions delayed by years, as well as a lack
of influence in city and county criminal justice policy. The union
drive was further energized by the interim appointment of a County
Counsel attorney
[http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-public-defenders-rally-20180212-story.html] without
criminal defense experience as head of the department, which public
defenders protested outside of the aging Central Courthouse.

“This is a huge opportunity for our office to have a real impact on
criminal justice reform,” said Ace Katano, one of the union
organizers. “Los Angeles is the largest jailer in the world, and the
policy decisions that are made here have ripple effects all over the
country. Our voice has been absent from the conversation for too many
years.”

“This is a very significant event. The LA County Public Defenders
will now have a voice in County politics,” added Daniel Curry, a
union lawyer with Schwartz Steinsapir, “through the Union, the
public defenders will have the ability to speak up in a way that they
could not previously do as government employees. The Union can
advocate for improved working conditions for the attorneys, for more
resources to serve their indigent clients, or even for broader reform
of the criminal justice system in Los Angeles.”

Tris Carpenter, interim executive director of AFSCME Council 36, said
of the unionization effort, “the County needs to recognize the work
of these courageous defenders of Constitutional rights. This effort
gives voice to the hundreds of public defenders who make sure every
person gets a capable and vigorous defense in Court.”

The Public Defender office in Los Angeles is currently called upon to
try hundreds of thousands of cases annually, ranging from felony cases
to juvenile misdemeanors. In spite of this already massive workload,
the office has spearheaded wide-ranging justice-oriented efforts
including the HALO program, which helps divert houseless clients away
from incarceration. This unionization effort will only help this
city’s public defenders increase their capacity to defended the
widest range of clients with the best service possible.

_Updated 7/31 with quotes from Daniel Curry._

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