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    Amy Bach Gives Keynote Address to Kentucky Public Defenders

    June 18-19, 2013  |  Kentucky

    Amy Bach recently gave the Keynote address at the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy's celebration of Gideon versus Wainwright. (See blog for part of speech). The Kentucky Bar Association put together an exceptional event. Amy also sat on a panel that followed a repartee by David Boise and former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson's. These guys are the super-litigators on opposite sides of Bush v. Gore, who also teamed up to win the fight for same-sex marriage in the U.S Supreme Court. Here's Amy with Mr. Olson.

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    Amy Bach Interviewed in The Crime Report

    June 24, 2013  |  The Crime Report

    Amy Bach was recently interviewed by The Crime Report - " the nation’s only comprehensive news service covering the diverse challenges and issues of 21st century criminal justice in the U.S. and abroad." We are excited to share the report with you.

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    Amy Bach Speaks at Mississippi Public Defenders Conference

    April 24, 2013  |  Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi

    Amy Bach, MFJ Executive Director, recently spoke at the Spring Public Defenders Conference in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. Public defenders face immense challenges in Mississippi. Many of them carry soul-crushing caseloads with little to no resources provided to defend their clients and with every other actor in the criminal justice system pressuring them to quickly resolve their cases. Amy spoke about the challenges in being part of such a system and how local criminal systems need to be able to present data on their performance to make the case for better resources or simply to defend themselves against budget cuts and the austerity measures being implemented nationwide. To learn more about the Mississippi Public Defender Office, please visit:

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    Attorney General Eric Holder Mentions MFJ as one of the Department of Justice’s Promising New Initiatives

    March 15, 2013  |  Washington, D.C.

    As part of Attorney General Eric Holder's speech commemorating the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, Holder describes the MFJ Milwaukee County pilot as one of the Bureau of Justice's promising new initiatives to improve criminal courts: "BJA will provide $50,000 to implement the “Measures for Justice” initiative in Milwaukee – a rigorous evaluation tool that will help illuminate strategies for success and empower criminal justice stakeholders to make the changes they need."

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    Florida’s Office of Public Defender Honors Amy Bach with 2012 Gideon Award

    April 2, 2012  |  West Palm Beach, Florida

    April 2 – Amy Bach, founder of Measures for Justice, receives the Gideon Award from Florida’s Palm Beach County Public Defender office. The award recognizes exemplary work supporting equal justice for indigent communities. Past recipients include Barry Scheck and Bryan Stevenson.

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    Amy Bach to speak on “Access to Justice” at the Association of American Law Schools

    January 5, 2012  |  Washington, D.C.

    Amy Bach will join Kenneth Starr on a panel to discuss indigent defense law and how well it provides the poor or disenfranchised access to justice.

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    Echoing Green funds MFJ

    Echoing Green recently selected Measures for Justice’s founder, Amy Bach, as a Fellow out of 3,000 candidates worldwide. Echoing Green is a premier seed investor for social entrepreneurs.

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    MFJ takes flight

    - MFJ convened its first data council to approve measuring criteria for local courts nationwide.
    - MFJ in talks with three pilot sites for the Justice Index.
    - Christopher Stone set to head George Soros's Open Society Foundations.