General Charles L. Decker/NLADA Collection, SPECL, manuscript collections.
General Charles L. Decker (1906-1983) directed the NLADA National Defender Project from 1963 until 1971. The project, which was funded by the Ford Foundation, had been conceptualized prior to the Gideon v. Wainwright decision, and was charged with surveying existing defender systems, and with establishing demonstration defender programs and new defender offices or systems in areas where none existed, as well as with improving existing defender offices or systems. Decker, a Georgetown Law alumnus, donated his extensive papers documenting the National Defender Project, as well as some of his personal papers, to the GULL.
The NEJL also houses collections from several former directors of the NLADA Defender Division, and from other advocates in the public defender movement, including: