March 2018 Quarterly Webinar

The Face of Gideon: A Conversation with Public Defenders and Former Clients

On March 20, 2018, R2C held its quarterly webinar: The Face of Gideon: A Conversation with Public Defenders and Former Clients. This webinar explored how the Gideon decision shapes the criminal justice experiences of accused people and the advocates who defend them. 

American University's Justice Programs Office's Senior Policy Counsel and former public defender Zoë Root moderated a candid conversation between public defenders and clients to explore how the Gideon decision still shapes the criminal justice experiences of accused people and the advocates who defend them. Fifty-five years after Gideon, with over two million people incarcerated in the United States, many of whom are indigent, public defenders are more critical than ever. Despite significant victories by R2C and its partners, the Supreme Court’s mandate of effective representation for every accused person whose liberty is at stake is largely unfunded and unrealized.

Fine the video is on YouTube here.