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Bridging the Gap

A Practical Guide to Civil-Defender Collaboration.

By McGregor Smyth

When low-income clients are charged with criminal offenses, the disposition of the cases often has significant civil implications. Public defenders are often unaware of these implications, however, and legal aid attorneys are often unaware of their clients' involvement in the criminal justice system. Lawyers for the poor should work to bridge this gap; the result will be better service to their clients.

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