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Posted by: Letters of the Law on Mar 1, 2018

Journal Issue Date: Mar 2018

Journal Name: March 2018 - Vol. 54, No. 3

TBA’s Indigent Defense Stance Appreciated

The following letter was written to Tennessee Bar Association Executive Director Joycelyn Stevenson, and printed with permission of the author.

Please find enclosed the Membership Applications for myself and my associate. I was moved to join by Mr. [TBA President Lucian] Pera’s response in Elizabeth Todaro’s main article on Indigent Representation (“Reform: Tennessee Embarks on a Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity for Change,” January 2018 Tennessee Bar Journal). Myself and others have experienced that mainstream bar associations care little of the needs of the criminal defense lawyers. I?would like to thank the Tennessee Bar Association for taking the steps for indigent defense reform.

— James Robin McKinney Jr., Nashville