Norman Lefstein is a professor of Law and Dean Emeritus of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. Previously, he was dean of the law school from 1988 to 2002, a faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill and held visiting or adjunct appointments at the law schools of Duke, Georgetown and Northwestern. A widely respected figure in the field of public defense, Professor Lefstein has also served as director of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, an Assistant United States Attorney in D.C. and a staff member of the Office of the Deputy Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice. He also received the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Champion of Indigent Defense Award in 2005.
As a former member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, Professor Lefstein assisted in drafting the ABA’s“Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System,” which are the most widely recognized set of standards for public defense systems. His most recent book,“Securing Reasonable Caseloads: Ethics and Laws in Public Defense,” has been hailed by former FBI Director William S. Sessions as a “vital book by the nation’s leading scholar on indigent defense systems.”