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Justice for the Poor-Fixing a Broken Public Defense System

Thursday, May 29, 2014; 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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More than 50 years have passed since Gideon v. Wainwright established the bedrock principle that people facing serious charges in criminal cases are guaranteed the right to counsel free of charge if they cannot afford an attorney. This panel will discuss the obstacles that exist to fulfilling the ideal of the right to counsel for eligible defendants and what steps can be taken now to fundamentally change the system to provide justice for the poor.

Moderator: Adele Bernhard, Professor, New York Law School

Speakers: Stephen B. Bright, Director, Southern Center for Human Rights; Corey Stoughton, Senior staff attorney, NYCLU; Tina Luongo, Deputy Attorney in Charge of the Criminal Practice, Legal Aid Society; Steve Zeidman, CUNY Professor

Sponsored by: Committee on Criminal Courts, Kate Paek, Chair; Committee on Criminal Justice Operations, Risa B. Gerson, Chair


42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036


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