Webinar: A Graduate Student’s Guide to Getting Involved in Indigent Defense Research

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 3:00 pm to Thursday, August 18, 2016 4:00 pm

Watch again: webinar and Q&A on how graduate students can get involved in original indigent defense research.

Indigent defense is an area of criminal justice where there is ample need for research. Topics discussed include a brief overview of the types of indigent defense service providers, how to identify and interact with faculty mentors and agency research partners, development of important and viable research questions, study protocol and data collection instrument design, issues with utilizing secondary data, and concerns with data confidentiality. Advice and guidelines for conducting indigent defense research is provided, with a focus on projects that engage in primary data collection. The presentation provides a step-by-step guide to engaging in indigent defense research for graduate students at all levels.

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Presenters: Kirstin A. Morgan and Reveka V. Shteynberg are both Ph.D. candidates in the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany, SUNY. They are also both Senior Research Assistants on the NIJ-funded New York State Counsel at First Appearance Project, directed by Dr. Alissa Pollitz Worden at the University at Albany, in partnership with the NY Office of Indigent Legal Services and its  Director of  Research, Dr. Andrew Davies. Between the two of them, they have more than 15 years research experience, with involvement in research design and data collection on various projects, including several focused on courts and indigent defense.

This webinar is presented by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, with support from the Open Society Foundations.