OPINION: Pro Bono This Political Season

Law360, New York (October 13, 2016, 4:21 PM EDT) -- Easy to miss behind a barrage of tweets, videotape and threats, the recent vice presidential debate was most notable as a refreshing non-event. And despite rumblings, Senator Tim Kaine's adversaries made no serious attempt to malign him for providing pro bono counsel to two persons on death row. Whatever the reason for their restraint in this no-holds barred environment, there are at least three encouraging takeaways.

One is that death penalty defense (and other criminal defense) work has become an entrenched component of our criminal justice system. Sen. Kaine's cases date to the 1980s. Since then, pro bono counsel have played...

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