Wrongful Convictions And the Right to Counsel

, New York Law Journal

Southern District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, in remarks deliever at his acceptance of the Learned Hand Medal of the Federal Bar Council on April 30, 2009, urged his audience to "remember always that the practice of law is a profession, not simply a business. Professional life involves more than billable hours, profits per partner, and rankings on the American Lawyer charts. It involves more than providing free legal work to a charity or cause in which one happens to believe, important as that can be. The defense of the indigent is a crying need, and it is the responsibility of the bar to see that this need is satisfied."

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