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Chief public defender going to immigration firm

Michael W. Hoskins
January 1, 2008
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When Marion County's chief public defender steps down in February, he plans to work for an immigration and naturalization firm in Indianapolis.

David E. Cook, who's been the county's top public defender since 1995, submitted his resignation in December to the Marion County Public Defender's Office. He's continuing in the post until mid-February to allow time for a replacement to be found.

On Feb. 18, the 61-year-old attorney plans to join Gresk & Singleton in a new office being built at 10th and Delaware streets. The firm currently has an office on Meridian Street near the immigration office and will be relocating, Cook said.

Cook will focus on criminal defense at the firm, helping clients who may need some aspect of criminal law help that's intertwined with immigration or naturalization issues, he said. He will likely represent clients on criminal issues, and also work with immigration attorneys on post-conviction or other related issues that arise.

"It's been their experience that a high percentage of these cases have some type of criminal aspect, whether presently or in the past," Cook said. "That can have immigration consequences."

Partners at Gresk & Singleton couldn't be reached by Indiana Lawyer Daily deadline.

The county agency's public defender board of director's is searching for Cook's successor. A status meeting is scheduled for next week to discuss the process and applicants, who have until Feb. 1 to apply for the chief public defender position, Cook said. He added that about three names have been submitted so far, but he would not release those names.
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  1. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

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  5. "No one is safe when the Legislature is in session."

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