« on: May 21, 2010, 02:50:29 PM »
I've seen plenty of PD's in my life time to know they are just bottom-feeders of Law. The one PD you see does not constitute the majority of PD's.
I'm a federal judicial law clerk, I see public defenders every day. Although not all of them are as talented as THE Federal Public Defender of my district, they all have impressive resumes. The attorneys that they draw from (in my district) include an Ex-US Attorney, several Ex-Assistant US Attorneys, and many prominent partners of white collar crime firms.
As for a state public defender, I cannot comment, as I have limited knowledge on that particular area. However, I can say with confidence that federal public defenders are not "bottom of the barrel" by any stretch of the imagination.