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Gideon at 50: Fundamental Right, Ongoing Challenge

 Co-Sponsored by NACDL and The Heritage Foundation 


Steven D. Benjamin, President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Jim Bethke, Executive Director, Texas Indigent Defense Commission

Rhoda Billings, Professor Emeritus, Wake Forest University School of Law, and former Chief Justice, North Carolina Supreme Court

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Edwin Meese III, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy Emeritus, The Heritage Foundation

Norman Reimer Executive Director, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

 Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Gideon v. Wainwright and forever changed America’s criminal justice system. No longer was the Sixth Amendment right to counsel available only to those with the means to afford it; it was there for everyone charged with a felony. Since then, the right has been extended to include many misdemeanors and juvenile delinquency proceedings. But half a century later, fulfilling the promise of Gideon remains a continuing challenge. Join us as our distinguished panel of experts reflects on the continuing challenge of how to ensure access to this fundamental right and highlights promising state innovations.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.

The Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium

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