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CJA panel attorneys are an integral component of the hybrid system and their voices were an essential part of the data gathering process. We thank the following panel attorney district representatives who were tasked with assisting in identify- ing and recruiting panel attorneys to testify at each of the hearings: John Convery (Santa Fe); Gilbert Schaffnit (Miami); Lisa Costner (Birmingham); Peter Schweda (Portland); Victoria Bonilla-Argudo (San Francisco); Patrick Nash (Philadelphia); and Stephen Swift (Minneapolis).
Federal and Community Defenders were very supportive of the CJA Review process and we appreciate the many defenders who made time to testify at the seven hearings and made recommendations as to who would be interested in testi- fying before the Committee. In particular, we would like to thank Lisa Hay from the District of Oregon who assisted in putting together a panel that included clients of the system. The Committee is especially grateful to the many witnesses who testi- fied in person and submitted written testimony, and others who provided essential information and perspectives to the Committee through less formal processes.
We want to acknowledge Ventana Productions for their services in record-
ing and live streaming the proceedings. In particular, Holden Beier-Green, Chris Thomas, Steve Greisiger, and Frank Rachal, for being on the ground with us at each hearing. We also want to thank Nicolas Richard of NITOAD for creating and main- taining a public website to share the work of the Committee and make public the hearing testimony, as well as a private website to assist the Committee with internal organization and communication.
Following the completion of the public hearings, and the review of the volumi- nous written and oral testimony received, the Committee was faced with the daunt- ing task of condensing all of the information into a format from which we could draw conclusions and make recommendations. Sean Broderick from the National Litigation Support Center provided invaluable assistance with setting up our electronic docu- mentation system and was of great help in advancing the Committee’s understanding of technology and the issues that ESI discovery present. Kamila Tolentino, paralegal from the Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. was instrumental in coding thousands of pages of transcripts and written submissions from the seven hearings.
We would like to thank Director James Duff for his support and guidance throughout the process; the Defender Services Committee for their oversight of the CJA program and for requesting this long overdue study; and Cait Clarke and the staff of the Defender Services Office for their support and valuable contributions over the past two years.
Finally, the Committee would like to thank the community of public defend- ers—both institutional and panel attorneys—for the work they do in upholding the promises of the Sixth Amendment. •
No recommendation presented herein represents T H E A D H O C C O M M I T T E E T O R E V I E W T H E C R I M I N A L J U S T I C E A C T the policy of the Judicial Conference of the United States unless approved by the Conference itself.

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