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A wake-up call, a call to arms
By Ralph Grunewald
On March 18, 2003 — 40 years to the day after the Supreme Court issued its historic decision in Gideon v. Wainwright —
NACDL sponsored a remarkable symposium at the Georgetown University Law
Center on the right to counsel. Among the most memorable speakers was
Prof. Sam Dash, who was a founder of NACDL and served as its President
from 1959 – 1960.
During a no-notes luncheon address, which was both a powerful wake-up
call and a passionate call to arms for defense lawyers, Prof. Dash said,
“. . . Equal justice under law. That was a lie before Gideon, but unfortunately, 40 years after Gideon, it is still a lie.” Hearing his remarks, I wanted to share his eloquent words with all NACDL members.
Prof. Dash is one of the wisest and most respected people in Washington. This eminence gris has
much to teach Americans about the United States Constitution and our
civil liberties. Indeed, not only as a distinguished professor of law
since 1965, but also as an influential pu
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