DC Public Defender Service Champions of Liberty Shepherd Alliance Summer Internship 2009 By: Sasha Mills Brief Description of the Mission of the DC PDS The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) provides and promotes quality legal representation to indigent adults and children facing a loss of liberty in the District of Columbia and thereby protects society's interest in the fair administration of justice. A day in the life of an Intern Investigator: My Roles and Duties • Serve Subpoenas • Attend court hearings/trails for clients and sometimes for witnesses in our clients cases as well • Meet with clients at jail, their residence, or where ever they’re located (ex. Halfway house, St. Elizabeth's) • Keep clients updated on our investigations • Contact clients relatives/friends when necessary • Photograph and diagram alleged crime scenes, clients injuries… • Canvass neighborhoods to find out information on our cases and find witnesses • Gather documents (ex. Police reports, medical records, mental health records, housing records, phone records, signed subpoenas from judges chambers, criminal records, etc.) • WRITE MEMOS on everyone we talk to or everything we find out • Interview and or get signed statements from witnesses IMPRESSIONS OF THE AGENCY WHAT I GAINED FROM THE EXPERIENCE/FUTURE GOALS AND PLANS THOSE WILLING TO GIVE UP A LITTLE LIBERTY FOR A LITTLE SECURITY DESERVE NEITHER SECURITY NOR LIBERTY. - BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WE CANNOT DEFEND FREEDOM ABROAD BY DESERTING IT AT HOME. -EDWARD R. MURROW YEARS AGO I RECOGNIZED MY KINSHIP WITH ALL LIVING THINGS, AND I MADE UP MY MIND THAT I WAS NOT ONE BIT BETTER THAN THE MEANEST ON THE EARTH. I SAID THEN AND I SAY NOW, THAT WHILE THERE IS A LOWER CLASS, I AM IN IT; WHILE THERE IS A CRIMINAL ELEMENT, I AM OF IT; WHILE THERE IS A SOUL IN PRISON, I AM NOT FREE. -EUGENE V. DEBS FOR EVERY MAN WHO LIVES WITHOUT FREEDOM, THE REST OF US MUST FACE THE GUILT. -LILLIAN HELLMAN WHAT IDEAS—POVERTY AND SERVICES FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED WERE CHALLENGED, CHANGED OR CONFIRMED BY THIS EXPERIENCE DID THIS INTERNSHIP CHANGE HOW YOU DEFINE AND PERCEIVE POVERTY IN THE US? ANY PROFOUND OR “AH-HA” MOMENTS?? (SOOO MANY FUNNY MOMENTS OUT IN THE FIELD) LIVING ARRANGEMENT FEEDBACK CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA: CURLEY PICTURES!!!