Longtime Leader of Public Defense Group Reflects on Struggles to Improve Defendants' Rights

, New York Law Journal


After nearly 40 years as the executive director of the New York State Defenders Association, Jonathan Gradess will retire in August. During his tenure, he has seen the organization expand to serve the needs of more than 6,000 public defense attorneys in more than 120 programs in 62 counties. He shares with the Law Journal his departing thoughts on the association, criminal defense in New York and philosophies of the Trump administration.

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