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R2C Plenary Session: "Judges as Champions of the Constitutional Right to Counsel" at the American Judges Association's 57th Annual Educational Conference

  • Rennaissance Celeveland Hotel 24 Public Square Cleveland, OH 44113 (map)

Will you be at the American Judges Association (AJA) Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, from September 10-15, 2017? If yes, don't miss the Right to Counsel National Campaign's plenary session, Judges as Champions of the Constitutional Right to Counsel, September 13 between 8:30am – 9:45am ET. Zoë Root, Esq., Senior Policy Counsel for the Justice Programs Office, a center in American University's School of Public Affairs, will moderate a panel featuring:

• Brian MacKenzie, Judge (ret.), 52nd District Court, Michigan

• Betty Thomxas Moore, Judge, General Sessions Civil Court, Div. 5, Memphis, Tennessee

• Gayle Williams-Byers, Judge, South Euclid Municipal Court, Ohio

Under the Sixth Amendment, the accused in any criminal prosecution has the right to counsel. In 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Gideon v. Wainwright that the accused has a right to counsel even if he or she cannot afford counsel. Yet, there is a divide between the spirit of the Sixth Amendment and the Gideon ruling and the reality of legal representation for the nation's indigent accused.

Join this session to learn what role judges can play in ensuring the right to counsel, how they can champion the right to counsel, and how to inspire other judges to do the same.

For more information, click here for the conference's brochure.