MassBar Beat episode focuses on public defender shortage in Western Massachusetts

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019

massbarbeatforeJThe Massachusetts Bar Association has released a new MassBar Beat podcast episode: “Public Defense Shortage Resurfaces in Western Mass.

The Sixth Amendment guarantees the right to counsel for criminal defendants who cannot afford to pay for an attorney. But a shortage of lawyers able to represent indigent defendants in Western Massachusetts is again placing a burden on public defenders and the courts. In this episode, host Jordan Rich speaks with Anthony Benedetti, chief counsel of the state Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), about the factors contributing to this recurring problem, and how an increase in the hourly rate for private bar advocates could be part of the solution.


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What kind of impression are you giving to a judge or jury at trial - even before you say a word? That's the topic of the newest episode of the MBA's podcast, the MassBar Beat, which is now available.
In  "Mastering the Unspoken Word: Body Language and Nonverbal Communication in Court," I discuss how a lawyer's attire, body language, tone of voice and other nonverbal cues can impact your chances in court. I invite you to join me as I talk about tips for success, including some of the key takeaways from Sonya Hamlin's book, "Now, What Makes Juries Listen."
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