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The Foundation Justice Award Recipient - Vanita Gupta - Keynote Address: July 28, 2017

By Vanita Gupta

For the Public Good: Pro Bono and Liberty’s Last ChampionsTM 

The Foundation Justice Award Recipient
Vanita Gupta
Keynote Address: July 28, 2017

We Cannot Stop Fighting for Justice 

Photo by Michael Pegram

I want to thank the Foundation for Criminal Justice, the board and staff of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as all of you for the privilege of speaking with you this evening.

I want to thank all of you for doing what you do every day. For standing up for the dignity of all human beings and for working against all odds to ensure that even the most unpopular or the most marginalized among us is afforded the rights and due process that are markers of our democracy and of our Constitution.

In our legal system, every person accused of a crime has the right to an attorney. This right is fundamental. And it is critical to fulfilling the core promise of our justice system: that in our country, all people — regardless of wealth or pover

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