Tomorrow is the release date for Defending the Damned and Public Defender Stuff scored an interview with author Kevin Davis in which Davis gives more insight into the people featured in the book, his own feelings about them, and how average readers might react:
These lawyers are not the kind of people who are afraid. They’re not concerned what other people might think. That is one of the qualities I most admired about them. They are willing to do an unpopular job and live with the consequences. . . . You’re absolutely right that outsiders may be turned off. And outsiders may never fully understand or appreciate the value of public defenders, whether they read this book or not. I have a great respect and affection for those I wrote about, I think they felt the same.