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Gideon 50 years later explored at Tulane Law Sept. 6

September 05, 2013

Tulane Law School Assistant Dean Jim Letten and Professor Pam Metzger will join lawyers, judges and policymakers at a day-long symposium Friday to discuss the future of indigent defense, mass incarceration and sentencing reform.

“Gideon 50 Years Later in New Orleans” is sponsored by the Orleans Public Defenders and the Law School.

In 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Gideon v. Wainwright that the Constitution’s guarantee of counsel in criminal cases entitles defendants charged with state felonies to have lawyers appointed for them if they can’t afford their own. But struggles have continued since then over when the right comes into play, how states can pay the costs, what constitutes adequate representation and other issues.

Metzger is scheduled to take part in a 9 a.m. panel on indigent defense reform in New Orleans and Louisiana. Letten, a former longtime U.S. Attorney in New Orleans, is scheduled for a 1:15 p.m. panel on incarceration and sentencing reform.

The symposium, which is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., is free and open to the public. To register, contact Lindsey Hortenstine at lhortenstine@opdla.org.


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