The ArchCity Defenders are engaged in an exemplary, and often thankless job, of defending the voiceless and powerless in the criminal justice system. As a former public defender, I know how difficult the work can be and I salute those who continue the fight for justice and fairness in our legal system. It is the highest form of advocacy. 

- Charles J. Ogletree Jr., The Jessie Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard Law School 


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ArchCity Defenders strives to prevent and end homelessness among the indigent and working poor in the St. Louis Region by providing holistic criminal and civil legal services.

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“I love them for being great friends [and] great lawyers. When you know you have people like that who care, you want to get right for them…I boast about ArchCity Defenders, I do. It’s a lovely organization.”

- Client Nicole Bolden, read her story here