Gideon Symposium


Gideon Symposium


In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, the Justice Programs Office (JPO) of the School of Public Affairs at American University, in partnership with the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), the American Council of Chief Defenders (ACCD), and the Washington College of Law at American University, convened a one-day cross-disciplinary symposium to explore the foundational role of the Sixth Amendment right to counsel within an effective criminal justice system and to address the interrelated policy issues critical to making the right a reality. The Gideon Symposium was held on March 18th – Gideon's Anniversary date – at American University.

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