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Mar 12

Gideon at 50: Fundamental Right, Ongoing Challenge

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Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Gideon v. Wainwright and forever changed America's criminal justice system. No longer was the Sixth Amendment right to counsel available only to those with the means to afford it; it was there for everyone charged with a felony. Since then, the right has been extended to include many misdemeanors and juvenile delinquency proceedings. But half a century later, fulfilling the promise of Gideon remains a continuing challenge. Join us as our distinguished panel of experts reflects on the continuing challenge of how to ensure access to this fundamental right and highlights promising state innovations.

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Steven D. Benjamin
President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Jim Bethke
Executive Director, Texas Indigent Defense Commission

Rhoda Billings
Professor Emeritus, Wake Forest University School of Law, and former Chief Justice, North Carolina Supreme Court

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Edwin Meese III
Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy Emeritus, The Heritage Foundation


Norman Reimer
Executive Director, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers