Gideons Army Produced and directed by Georgetown Law graduate Dawn Porter: “A 2013 Sundance award winning documentary, Gideon’s Army follows the personal stories of three young public defenders in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. As of this spring, it has been 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon v. Wainwright that established the right to counsel. This film is a window into the reality of the work of public defenders. It asks the question, can these courageous lawyers and their colleagues revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make justice for all a reality? The event is free and open to the public. Georgetown University Law Center – McDonough Hall, Hart Auditorium, Map & Directions. Stay for a discussion of the film and the ideas it presents, led by:* Jo-Ann Wallace, President and CEO, National Legal Aid & Defender Association * Abbe Smith – Director, Criminal Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic; Co-Director, E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship Program; Professor of Law. Screening co-sponsored by: National Equal Justice Library; The Friends of the Georgetown Law Library, Georgetown Law Innocence Project; Georgetown Criminal Law Association, The Georgetown chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, Outlaw, and Law Docs.” [Hannah Miller]
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