The Symposium presenters and commentators, most of whom had worked at some point in their career as a public defender, brought a wealth of experience to the discussion. While the presentations and comments made that day, together with the articles that follow in this Symposium issue, do not provide any quick fix or easy solution, they do offer some important lessons for lawmakers to consider as states struggle to improve the plight of indigent defenders and their clients.
Rodney Uphoff, Foreword: Symposium on Broke and Broken: Can We Fix Our State Indigent Defense System?, 75 Mo. L. Rev. 667 (2010)