As chairwoman of the board overseeing New Orleans’ public defender office, Denise “Denny” LeBoeuf knows the city’s legal system is struggling, but talks about it as if it were a miracle waiting to happen.

“I think this is going to be a destination office for young lawyers who want to do public defense in the years to come,” said LeBoeuf, a veteran criminal defense attorney. “And no one would have said that before Katrina.”

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