Update on Philadelphia Conflict Counsel RFP

, The Legal Intelligencer


The city of Philadelphia is still planning on awarding legal services contracts for the representation of litigants in criminal and family court cases for which the Defender Association of Philadelphia has a conflict, Everett Gillison, deputy mayor for public safety, said in an interview today. The current model involves court-appointed attorneys.

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  • Clarence Earl Gideon

    I understand that each and every one of you that has commented thus far has a financial interest in seeing the "system" stay the same. However, if you are being honest with yourselves, you must be cognizant that the level of dependency court attorneys is sometimes subpar. Obviously there are many well meaning and devoted attorneys practicing at 1801, with several very talented and dedicated, but, there are several merely mailing it in. Maybe the reason is the subpar pay scale. Maybe its apathy. But , reputations are earned and each of you know that there are not nearly enough dedicated attorneys for such an important job.

    Change is sometimes good. It can lead to progress.

    On the criminal end, there is also an insufficent amount of prepared, dedicated and talented advocates. Many look out for there own financial interests and not necessarily the client (that would be you Gary). For enumerable reasons, court appointed attoneys often have neither the resourses or skill to represent their clients consistently. Many are simply not qualifed.

    Why would someone who has served the City for so many years intentionally try and harm those he has chosen to serve? I say give Mr. Gillison a chance!

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