Gideon at 50: The Future of the Right to Counsel

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Anthony Lewis (l) and Bill Leahy at Brandeis University, March 18, 2013

March 18, 2013 was the 50th anniversary of the historic Gideon v. Wainwright decision by the United States Supreme Court that for the first time guaranteed those accused of criminal offenses in state courts the right to be represented by an attorney. A distinguished panel discussed both the progress that has been made as a result of Gideon and the unmet challenges of providing legal representation for those who can afford it least.

A discussion featuring:

Margot Botsford, Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
Frederick M. Lawrence, President of Brandeis University
William Leahy, Director, New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services
Anthony Lewis, journalist and author of Gideon's Trumpet 
Moderated by David Bunis '83, Chief of Staff to the President of Brandeis University.

Cosponsored by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and the Brandeis University Legal Studies Program.

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