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NACDL News: NACDL Staff and Members Speak at Gideon Symposium

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer

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From left: Chief Officer Cait T. Clarke, Office of Defender Services, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; Indigent Defense Counsel John P. Gross, NACDL; and Deputy Public Defender Bonnie H. Hoffman, 20th Judicial Circuit of Virginia.

NACDL Indigent Defense Counsel John Gross, NACDL Board Member Bonnie Hoffman, NACDL Executive Director Norman Reimer, and NACDL members American University Law Professor Jenny M. Roberts and WilmerHale Partner Danielle Spinelli all spoke at “Gideon at 50: How Far We’ve Come, How Far to Go,” a symposium presented by the Charleston School of Law and the South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense. The program, which was designed to evaluate the progress indigent defense has made over the past 50 years and to discuss the need for further reforms, took place on Sept. 20 at the Charleston Museum in Charleston, S.C. Norman Reimer spoke on an introductory panel entitled “Gideon’s Elusive Promise: 50 Years of Striving.”John Gross served on a panel focused on ethical considerations in managing heavy caseloads. Danielle Spinelli moderated a panel on which Bonnie Hoffman participated concerning invocation, attachment and waiver of the right to counsel, while Professor Jenny Roberts spoke on a panel addressing the issue of collateral consequences.

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