David Carroll is a nationally recognized expert on the standards and methods for the delivery of right to counsel services, with over 15 years of providing technical assistance to policymakers at the federal, state and local levels. He has led numerous research and evaluation projects, authored several papers and reports and testified on right to counsel issues before a number of state legislatures and the U.S. Congress.
David is currently the executive director of the Sixth Amendment Center, a national nonprofit organization that helps states meet their constitutional obligations to provide competent attorneys to effectively defend poor people accused of crimes. Be it through a comprehensive assessment of the state’s indigent defense services, a summary of approaches that have worked elsewhere or recommendations on specific issues, the Sixth Amendment Center gives states the support they need to ensure that no person faces potential time in jail without first having the aid of a lawyer with the time, ability and resources to present an effective defense. The Sixth Amendment Center’s blog, “Pleading the Sixth,” charts the successes and failures in our nation’s efforts to provide a meaningful right to counsel.