R2C Third Annual Meeting
9:00 am09:00

R2C Third Annual Meeting

  • Washington D.C.

The Right to Counsel (R2C) National Consortium will hold its third annual meeting on Thursday November 2, 2017. Specific location and time is to be determined.

9:00 am09:00

National Juvenile Defender Center: "The Right to Remain Children: Race and Juvenile Justice 50 Years After Gault" Symposium

Join the National Juvenile Defender Center and the Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Clinic as we continue the movement to fulfill the promise of Gault with a symposium at Georgetown University Law Center. "The Right to Remain Children: Race and Juvenile Justice 50 Years after Gault” is an interdisciplinary workshop for juvenile justice practitioners that will provide attendees with concrete strategies to address and overcome racial disparities in juvenile court. 

To learn more about the symposium, click here.  To register, click here.

The night before the symposium, on May 15, be part of history and stand up for children's rights! Please join NJDC for the Gault at 50 Gala at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that affirmed children's right to counsel. To find out more and RSVP, click here.

Apr 30

American Judges Association Conference

The American Judges Association (AJA) is holding its mid-year Conference in Arlington, VA from April 27-30, 2017. On Friday, April 28 from 9:00 — 10:15am, they will hold the panel "First Shot at Justice: The Power of Legal Representation at the First Appearance," which will emphasize the importance of defense counsel at first appearance.

Check out their website for updates: http://aja.ncsc.dni.us/conferences/

R2C National Consortium Second Annual Meeting
9:00 am09:00

R2C National Consortium Second Annual Meeting


The Right to Counsel (R2C) National Consortium is holding its Second Annual Meeting on October 25, 2016 at the Department of Justice. While the meeting is by invitation only, we are excited to announce that the meeting will be live streamed at http://justice.gov/live-stream from (9:00 AM EDT – 1:30 PM EDT).

The second annual meeting will provide the participants an opportunity to hear from U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates about the department’s latest efforts commitment to ensure effective implementation of the Sixth Amendment right to counsel and to learn about legislative efforts to improve the right to counsel in the states. It is also an opportunity for the R2C national consortium members to highlight their efforts over the past year in advancing the right to counsel. For a complete schedule of events, please see the agenda here.


For full remarks from Deputy Attorney General Yates, Assistant Attorney General Mason, and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Gupta, please click here.

Read the official report of this meeting here.

Sep 30

American Judges Association Annual Conference

The American Judges Association's annual conference will be from September 25th-30th in Toronto, ON, Canada.

The September 28th session: Judge’s Role in Ensuring Constitutional Right to Counsel

This will be a discussion on the role judiciary plays in meaningfully and effectively carrying out the constitutional right to counsel. The panelists will provide an overview on the state of right to counsel in Canada and United States and delve into progresses made in states with respect to right to counsel over the recent years, including a discussion about the newly launched U.S. Department of Justice’s National Campaign on the Right to Counsel (R2C).

· Norman L. Reimer, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
· Judge Betty T. Moore, Shelby County, Tennessee
· Justice James Stribopoulos, Ontario Court of Justice

For more information regarding the conference, please click here.

R2C National Consortium Quarterly Webinar
2:00 pm14:00

R2C National Consortium Quarterly Webinar

To Register

Register here for R2C's our next quarterly webinar on September 8th from 2-3pm ET!

We hope you will join us!

View the Webinar

You can view this past webinar here.

Here are also three additional videos from webinar participants.

  1. Public Defender Origin Story (Shelby County Public Defenders)
  2. How to get a criminal record expungement in Memphis (Just City)
  3. What is an expungement? (Just City)
Jul 25

National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference

NACo's annual conference will be from July 22-25, 2016 in Long Beach, CA.

From 8:00am-9:15am on July 25, there will be a session called "Stepping Up: Key Considerations for Reducing Mental Illness in Jails," that wil highlight the role public defense providers play in this initiative.

For more information and to register for the conference, please click here.

Click here for the conference agenda.

Jul 14

National Association of Court Managers (NACM):

NACM's annual conference was held from July 10-July 14, 2016 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Conference material from NACM’s annual conference held earlier this month in Pittsburgh, PA is now available online. You may now view the session material from The Role of Court Managers in Ensuring the Right to Counsel by clicking here.

R2C National Consortium Quarterly Webinar
2:00 pm14:00

R2C National Consortium Quarterly Webinar

We are pleased to announce our second quarterly webinar that will be held on June 16th at 2:00 p.m. EST.


  • Presentation by David Carroll of the Sixth Amednment Center about recent legislation
  • Presentation by Nancy Belden and John Russonello of Belden Russonello Strategists about R2C market research
  • R2C social media update by Ivan Dominguez of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Consortium members - open floor for updates and/or questions

To Register

  1. Go to: https://bja-au.webex.com/bja-au/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3feae1ff5c7d85b77334ef6c872d7420
  2. Choose the webinar event you would like to register for and click Register.
  3. On the registration form, enter your information and then click Submit.

For any questions about the webinar or the registratino process, please contact Genevieve Citrin at citrin@american.edu

View The Webinar

Click here to watch this past webinar.

Jun 9

National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA):

Pretrial Meeting, June 8-9, 2016, Baltimore, MD

At their upcoming regional pretrial meetings, the June 8 session on public defense on will be moderated by Leah Garabedian, Sr. Program Manager at Justice Management Institute (JMI). It will be held at the University of Baltimore School of Law in Baltimore, Md. This workshop will focus on the importance of appointing counsel at the pretrial stage and will highlight a jurisdiction for State Administering Agencies looking to utilize a systemic approach when developing a comprehensive criminal justice strategic plan. Learn more here.

2:00 pm14:00

Remote Townhall on the Role of Public Defense in Reentry

Register here! http://bit.ly/22QjEfj

As part of National Reentry Week, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Right to Counsel Initiative at American University will hold a "virtual townhall" on the role of indigent defense service providers in reentry on Thursday April 28, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST. The event will highlight three jurisdictions that are providing services to returning citizens through their public defender offices: Washington, DC; Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; and Lee County, South Carolina. Panelists will also address funding, stakeholder buy-in, successes, and challenges.

The session will be highly interactive and will be moderated by Tracy Velázquez, Associate Director of the Justice Programs Office at American University. The event will last between 60-75 minutes depending on the number of questions attendees have. The first 30 minutes will be devoted to brief presentations and moderator questions. The rest of the event will be devoted to questions by attendees. We encourage attendees to submit comments and accompanying material in advance to citrin@american.edu if desired. Panelists include Jamie Rodriguez, Dean Beer, and Aleksandra Chauhuan and other program staff.

Watch the video of the remote townhall here!

1:00 pm13:00

Webinar: You Have the Research, Now What? Non-Traditional Ways of Utilizing Research Results

Presented by the National Association for Public Defense

This webinar will provide an overview of the Right to Counsel National Campaign launched by the Bureau of Justice Assistance of the US Department of Justice and coordinated by the Justice Programs Office at the School of Public Affairs at American University. The campaign is spearheaded by a national consortium of national, state and local justice system stakeholders, policymakers, and community advocates. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness about the importance of ensuring the Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel is meaningfully carried out and that the systemic structures needed are in place to make “Equal Justice Under Law” a reality. The project entails a broad research effort that will include public opinion polling on perceptions of the right to counsel. Building on the results of these polls and other data gathered from traditional and non-traditional sources that will be discussed in this webinar, the campaign will develop action plans with its consortium members to promote the development of effective defense delivery systems that can be put into place in a wide array of settings.

Learn more and register for the webinar at http://www.publicdefenders.us/?q=node/989.

2:00 pm14:00

The Importance of Legal Counsel in Pretrial Justice

Presented by the National Association of Counties

Individuals who are held in jail before trial have been shown to have worse outcomes, from higher risk of unemployment to greater risk of reoffending. Providing counsel as soon as possible for a person who has been arrested or detained can help ensure that low-risk individuals are not held simply because they cannot afford bail, which saves counties money and mitigates the detrimental effects of detention. Learn how several counties provide counsel at the earliest opportunity and the benefits they have seen from this practice.

Register via this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4525638610307100161