Rappaport Center Presents “Budget Battles in a Down Economy”


Prosecutors and defense attorneys will meet outside of the courtroom Monday, Nov. 22 at a Rappaport Center event addressing how district attorneys and defense lawyers are funded in Massachusetts.

A crowd of more than 250, including the district attorney from nearly every county in the Commonwealth, the chief counsel and head of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, and scores of assistant district attorneys and defense lawyers, will attend the program.

The panel will explore funding issues facing prosecutors and defense counsel and provide an in-depth analysis of their budgets. Advocates representing a variety of perspectives from inside and outside the criminal justice system will participate and key legislators and staffers are scheduled to appear.

“Prosecutors and the defense bar have strong opinions about how dollars should be allocated and spent in the criminal justice system, and what is fundamentally most fair and equitable,” said Susan Prosnitz, executive director of the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service at Suffolk University Law School. “While both sides have at times pointed the finger at each other, Monday’s forum is designed to explore solutions in a venue where nearly all interested stakeholders are present.”

The program will be moderated by the Honorable John Greaney, former justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and director of the Macaronis Institute for Trial and Appellate Advocacy at Suffolk University Law School.

Panelists include:

• Anthony Benedetti, chief counsel, Committee for Public Counsel Services
• David Carroll, director of research and evaluations, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
• District Attorney Daniel Conley, Suffolk County
• District Attorney Michael O’Keefe, Cape and Islands District
• John Salsberg, chair, Suffolk Lawyers for Justice
• Michael Widmer, president, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation

The event will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 22, in the Suffolk University Law School function room, 120 Tremont St., Boston.


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