By Jill Paperno
"Representing the Accused" is your step by step guide to criminal defense.

"If you are a law student in a criminal law clinic, a lawyer beginning to practice criminal law either privately or with an institutional defender or a general practitioner who gets into criminal law cases from time to time, this is a book that belongs in your   library."  Dick Barbuto, Past President, NYSACDL, in the Spring 2014 volume of Atticus

Chapters include:

Types of Representation
Organization: Files and Technology
General Advice to Improve Your Practice
The Life of a Case
The First Interview
Arrest, Arraignment, and Bail Procedures
The Defense Theory of the Case
Felony Practice: Probable Cause or Preliminary Hearings and Grand Jury
Giving and Getting Information: Discovery, Requests for Bills of Particulars, and Brady
Pleas and Dispositions

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Thomson Reuters Westlaw (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0314285296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0314285294
About the Book

Whether you are a law school clinic student making your first foray into criminal defense, a newly admitted attorney, a general practitioner, or an attorney whose practice is concentrated in criminal defense, Representing the Accused will provide you with invaluable advice as you navigate your way through a criminal case.  This book provides insight and guidance on how to efficiently and effectively manage each step in the handling of a criminal case.  In order to help you provide quality representation to your clients, Ms. Paperno offers clear explanations of a criminal attorney's role at every stage, from the arrest through the conclusion of the case.  Detailed suggestions on such topics as file organization, client interviews, hearing preparation and plea negotiations will make Representing the Accused your go-to reference.

  • Preview the book on Amazon here
  • Read the review in the New York State Defenders Association  August-October 2012 Public Defense Backup Center Report, page 10, linked here
  • Read the review in the Rochester, New York Daily Record, May 13, 2013, page 3, linked here
  • Read the review in the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Publication, Atticus, Spring 2014, Volume 26, No. 1 at page 40 here
About the Author

Jill Paperno is the second assistant public defender at the Monroe County Public Defender's Office in Rochester, New York.  She has spent over twenty-seven years representing defendants charged with offenses ranging from violations to major felonies, and tried numerous felonies including homicides and sex offenses.  Ms. Paperno has supervised and trained staff attorneys for over fifteen years, and helped to develop the training manuals and programs for the Monroe County Public Defender's Office. She is a frequent lecturer at Continuing Legal Education Programs.  In 2010 Ms. Paperno was awarded the Monroe County Public Defender's Jeffrey A. Jacobs award for outstanding trial work.  In 2011 she was named a Rochester Daily Record Leader in Law and awarded the Daily Record Nathaniel Award.

For the most recent review on Amazon click here
Jill was a guest on the Brenna and Brenna Law Forum on April 7, 2013.  The show can be heard at 

Representing the Accused - The perfect gift for the newly admitted attorney or law school graduate! 

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