In August 2000, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted the Indigent Defense Services Act, which created the Office of Indigent Defense Services and charged it with overseeing and enhancing the provision of legal representation to indigent defendants and others entitled to counsel under North Carolina law. The School of Government collaborates with the Office of Indigent Defense Services to create quality, cost-effective indigent defense education, including innovative training programs, manuals, and online resources, to ensure that indigent defenders have the qualifications, training, and support they need to be effective.


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Faculty Coordinators

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Teaching Assistant Professor; Director, Public Defense Education
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Associate Director of Programs and Services, Public Defense Education
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Teaching Assistant Professor
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Albert Coates Professor of Public Law and Government
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