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Monday, May 20, 2013

The Orleans Public Defender’s Office (OPD) recently issued its 2012 Annual Report. In it, Derwyn Bunton, Chief District Defender in Orleans Parish explained how OPD was forced to lay off 27 employees despite its increasing caseload. The Pro Bono Consortium was thus created. Comprised of 23 attorneys from 17 firms, these private attorneys offered their services when OPD was unable to represent everyone in need.

DK&S attorneys James E. Courtenay, John Jerry Glas, Raymond C. Lewis and Kelly E. Theard, members of The Pro Bono Consortium’s inaugural class, were recognized for the cases they handled, including two counts of second degree murder. They were also pictured in the OPD Annual Report. At the request of the organization, these attorneys were asked to finish the sentence: “I Fight for…” The photo in the report shows the four attorneys holding the firm’s answer: “We Fight For Those Promised A Defense.”

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