This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the landmark United States Supreme Court case that established the right to state funded counsel for citizens who are charged with a crime but cannot afford a lawyer.
On Friday, April 5 at noon, Jonathan Rapping, the Founder and President of Gideon’s Promise (formerly the Southern Public Defender Training Center) will join us to discuss the national crisis in indigent defense and how Gideon’s Promise is training and supporting a new generation of public defenders who will help to reform the system.
Rapping will also discuss—and show select clips from—the documentary film, Gideon’s Army, which follows three young graduates of Gideon’s Promise as they embark upon careers as public defenders in the South. The film, which shows at Durham’s Full Frame Documentary Festival this week, has won awards at the Sundance and Miami film festivals and will be shown on HBO later this spring.
Room 5046. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Thursday, April 4, at 12:00 pm to firstname.lastname@example.org.