Past News Items
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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: http://www.ospd.ms.gov/
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." http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/ag/speeches/2013/ag-speech-1303151.html
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. http://www.pd15.state.fl.us/
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.
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.
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.