The Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office is an essential institution.  As America's oldest and largest criminal defense firm we pride ourselves on the quality of our legal representation and our role as leaders in the larger criminal reform movement.  Our voices and vision have been silenced and suppressed for too long by those who are not committed to ensuring due process, advancing civil rights, and preserving human dignity.  We demand a seat at the table in decisions affecting compensation, resources, leadership, and working conditions.  We fight to create an independent, well-funded, and politically influential institution.  We aspire to make Los Angeles County the leader in indigent representation and to advance progressive voices in policies that impact criminal justice in the county, state, and the country.