Many practitioners and scholars have written perceptively about the motivations of criminal defenders. Some have written eloquently. I have my own body of work on this and related questions.
This essay is about why the author has devoted her professional career--her life--to defending people most of society would just as soon banish and forget. After nearly thirty years of criminal law practice, her reasons are such a part of her that they are nearly inarticulable. The author is a criminal defender in her soul. She also has been teaching and writing about criminal defense for almost as long as she has been doing it.
10 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 277-301 (2012)
Scholarly Commons Citation
Smith, Abbe, "Defending Those People" (2012). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. Paper 1221.