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Defender Association of Philadelphia

Added Jul 16, 2009

1441 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102-3004

Phone (267) 765-6685

Fax (267) 765-6994

The Defender Association of Philadelphia is an independent, non-profit corporation that was created in 1934 by a group of Philadelphia lawyers who were dedicated to the ideal of high quality legal services for indigent criminal defendants. That ideal continues today, as some two hundred and fifteen full time assistant defenders represent clients in adult and juvenile state and federal trail and appellate courts and at civil and criminal mental health hearings as well as state and county violation of probation/parole hearings. Association attorneys also serve as the Child Advocate in neglect and dependency court.

Although the City of Philadelphia funds it, the Defender Association is not a city or state agency. The Association is directed by a Board of Directors who select the Chief Defender and First Assistant Defender.

Reform areas: Aftercare, Juvenile indigent defense, Racial-ethnic fairness/DMC

States: Pennsylvania

Created Jul 16, 2009