Friday, March 18, 2016


Gideon v. Wainwright was decided 63 years ago today. You can listen to Abe Fortas argue the case before the Supreme Court in 1962, courtesy of Oyez. In honor of Gideon's fight, we now celebrate National Public Defense Day. This is a day to celebrate our work. The National Association of  Public Defense, an excellent organization, has more information about the history of the day and about Tipping the Scales.

We still witness the institutional attacks on public defense and the impossible circumstances forced on our colleagues in places like New Orleans, and sometimes in our own courthouses and jails. Our dedication to this work is ever more important. As is often the case, John Oliver says it best, 

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