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The Louisiana Supreme Court says qualified recent law school graduates can practice law without taking the bar exam but must fulfill extra requirements by the end of 2021 to keep their licenses. Three of the seven justices objected. Two called the order a giveaway to more than 500 graduates.

Public Defender Board Reaches Fund Distribution Compromise

Apr 30, 2018
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The Louisiana Public Defender Board has reached a compromise on a new plan intended to more fairly distribute state funds used to pay lawyers who represent indigent defendants.

The Advocate quotes State Public Defender James T. Dixon Jr. in a Saturday report as saying the plan should prevent the state's  42 district public defenders offices from failing. But, he says any plan would have "winners and losers" because there is not enough money.