1. The Orleans Parish Public Defender's office is in a bad way. A "crushing caseload" and insufficient finances led the director to state that it would have to stop taking on new murder and rape cases as a result.
2. Facing the worst economic environment since the Great Depression, the private legal sector having hemorrhaged severely, a disturbingly high number of top Tulane 3Ls are still looking for work upon graduation in May.
3. Why don't the two parties come together in some way to make headway in solving both problems? A loan forgiveness program for a promise of several years of work? Trade new graduates liened properties that haven't paid taxes in 5 years for a given number of years of work for the public defender?