Mary M. Broderick Papers

Identifier: NEJL-055

Scope and Contents

Mary Broderick served as the Director of the Defender Division at the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) in Washington, from 1985-1994. Her papers represent a concerted effort on the part of Broderick and the Defender Division to improve the administration and capacities of public defender offices throughout the U.S. The Papers include benchmarks for the evaluation of defender services by local authorities and public defenders. The papers also enumerate basic steps to improve the services, and their delivery. The focus of the collection is on standards for appointment and evaluations of both appellate and trial level defenders. The Papers are predominately NLADA publications that help local and state offices understand “best practices” in contracting for defender services, appointing defenders and evaluating defenders and their offices. Specifically the Papers include; ABA Criminal Justice Standards; NLADA publications relating to the standards for “Evaluation and Design of Appellate Defender Offices,” “Appointment and Performance of Counsel in Death Penalty Cases,” and “Administration Assigned Counsel Systems.” Also included is a list of NLADA publications, various background documents relating to defender duties, and some annual reports of the Defender Division.


  • Majority of material found within 1985-1994
  • 1977-2001



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Biographical / Historical

Mary M. Broderick has devoted her career to matters pertaining to protecting the rights of the accused and insuring sufficient and competent representation of criminal defendants. She is currently a consultant for The National Legal Aid and Defender Association ( NLADA), and served as the Director of NLADA’s Defender Division from 1985-1994. She worked on NLADA’s Standards for the Appointment and Performance of Counsel in Death Penalty Cases, and on its Standards for the Administration of Assigned Counsel Systems. She also oversaw the production of NLADA’s Performance Guidelines for Criminal Defense Representation, and numerous other publications. While Director of the Defender Division, she also led NLADA’s efforts to protect Habeas Corpus. Broderick has worked on a number of NLADA evaluations throughout the country as both a team leader and team member. She has completed evaluations in Cook County Illinois and San Bernardino County California, among others. Broderick serves on the board of the Southern Center for Human Rights and on the board of Death Penalty Focus. Previously, she was executive director of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), the largest statewide association of criminal defense lawyers and allied professionals. While at CACJ Broderick worked on policy development; legislative, educational and publication programs; and offered assistance to other organizations. Specifically Broderick helped lead a CACJ effort to preserve unanimous jury verdicts in California.


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Part of the National Equal Justice Library Repository

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