Last October, accompanied by several dozen colleagues andlaw students, Donald McCauley became the first attorney in thehistory of the New Jersey Federal Public Defender’s Office toargue a criminal appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court.

For McCauley, the trip to the nation’s court of last resortwas the highlight of his legal career. He left the Court on ahigh, buoyed by the compliments of well-wishers who had seen theargument. “I felt very good that day,” says the nine-year veteranof the Public Defender’s Office.