It's hard out there for a public defender. Between defending our clients and defending our work ("How can you represent those people?"), sometimes it feels like we're always, well, on the defensive.
And so we are grateful when someone takes time out to recognize us and cheer us on. We at the Kansas Federal Public Defender Office have been lucky to receive two particularly supportive and inspiring visitors to our office this week: veteran trial lawyer and defender trainer Anthony Natale from the Miami, Florida Federal Public Defender Office, and Gideon's Promise* founder Jonathan Rapping.
Thank you, Tony and Jonathan!
*Gideon's Promise trains and supports public defenders. You can find links to many of Jonathan's articles about public defending and criminal justice here.