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Law School to Celebrate Landmark Ruling on Legal Representation

Contact: Patrick Verel
(212) 636-7790

Fordham Law School’s Urban Law Center, Urban Law Journal, and Feerick Center for Social Justice are teaming up for an all-day conference Until Civil Gideon: Expanding Access to Justice.

Timed for the 50th anniversary of the Gideon v. Wainright ruling, the conference will convene leading scholars as well as national and local leaders in the access to justice movement.

November 1, 2013
9 a.m.–4:30 p.m
Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus

In Gideon v. Wainright, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that state courts are required under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to provide counsel in criminal cases to represent defendants who are unable to afford to pay their own attorneys.

The conference will explore emerging issues and innovations that can promote access to justice in civil proceedings in the absence of a right to counsel.

Keynote speakers will include the Honorable Earl Johnson, Jr., former Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, and Justice Fern A. Fisher, director of the New York State Access to Justice Program.

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Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,100 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College, University of London, in the United Kingdom. 10/13

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