Ineffective Assistance of Counsel: Systemic Causes, Systemic Solution

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Robinson Courtroom


Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15 Welcome, Cyn Yamashiro, Executive Director, CJLP, Loyola Law School 
Dean Victor Gold, Loyola Law School, Senior Vice President, Loyola Marymount University

Session 1 What is ineffective assistance of counsel?

Moderator: Professor Samantha Buckingham, Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, Loyola Law School

Michael Lightfoot, Esq.  Partner, Lightfoot Steingard & Sadowsky; Board member, California Appellate Project; Board member, Loyola Law School Board of Overseers; Board member, Loyola Law School Advocacy Institute; Board member, CJLP.

Professor Steve Drizin, Legal Director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth and Assistant Director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern University, Chicago.

Sue Burrell, Staff Attorney, Youth Law Center, San Francisco; Board member, Pacific Juvenile Defender Center; Board member, Loyola Law School Center for Juvenile Law and Policy; Board member, First District Appellate Project.




Session 2 Systemic problems

Moderator: Professor Jojo Liu, Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, Loyola Law School

Lawrence Benner, Professor of Law and Managing Director of Criminal Justice Programs at California Western School of Law; Board member, National Legal Aid and Defender Association

David Carroll, Director of Research and Evaluations, National Legal Aid and Defender Organization; co-author, USDOJ report on the implementation and impact of indigent defense standards.

Robert Listenbee, Esq., Chief of the Juvenile Unit at the Defender Association of Pennsylvania; Board member, Philadelphia Center for Children and Youth.



Rethinking How We Provide Defense Services”

Keynote Speaker Norman Lefstein, Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (Indianopolis).  Past Chairman, Indiana Public Defender Commission and the ABA’s Indigent Defense Advisory Group.  Author of Securing Reasonable Caseloads: Ethics and Law in Public Defense (American Bar Association, 2011).


Session 3  Systemic responses

Moderator: Professor Maureen Pacheco, Clinical Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic and Director, Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic, Loyola Law School

The Honorable Michael Nash, Presiding Judge of Los Angeles County Juvenile Court; Secretary, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Erica E. Cushna, Trial Panel Director at the Youth Advocacy Department, Public Counsel, Roxbury, MA.

John Digiacinto, Chief Defender of the Private Defender Program, San Mateo County;Executive Director of the San Mateo County Bar Association.

3:00 Closing Remarks