Taking the Pulse of Public Defense 50 Years after Gideon

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“Why aren’t you ready?” the judge asked. “I have no counsel,” Gideon replied. In 1963 the Supreme Court handed down the unanimous decision Gideon v. Wainwright, which famously established a criminal defendant’s right to free counsel. The Court clearly favored this outcome: they selected the incredibly experienced Abe Fortas to represent Clarence Earl Gideon against …

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Government by Crisis: A Panel on the Shutdown

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On Thursday, October 3rd, more than 180 students came to listen as ACS and the Law and Government Program of Study hosted Professors Howell E. Jackson and Robert E. Mnookin in a panel discussion about the recent government shutdown. Professor Jackson began the talk by noting that despite the relative frequency of government shutdowns (17 …

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