Brown Bag event – June 25 – 12:00 – 2:00pm

June 11, 2013

In case you’re interested…

The Constitution Project, Jenner & Block, and the Washington Council of Lawyers 
invite you to a screening of  

Defending Gideon 

Please join us on June 25th, 2013 for this extraordinary documentary produced by The Constitution Project. Defending Gideon takes viewers on a fascinating journey through the heady days of the Supreme Court’s 1963 decision in Gideon v. Wainwright through the present day, and examines the challenges still facing the indigent defense system. 

Visit to RSVP. Space is limited!  

Defending Gideon weaves the story of the iconic landmark case, Gideon v. Wainwright, with contemporary portraits of legal injustice. Defending Gideon highlights the importance of a system that guarantees representation for all-and the dire consequences when that system fails. 

The film, narrated by actor Martin Sheen, features interviews with many who were there at the time: Retired Arnold & Porter LLP attorney Abe Krash, Bruce Jacob (who represented Florida in the case and who is now a leading advocate for reform), Walter Mondale (who, as Minnesota Attorney General, organized an amicus brief in Gideon’s favor), and Anthony Lewis, long-time New York Times columnist and author of Gideon’s Trumpet.       

We hope you can join us for this special event.  


“From the very beginning, our state and national constitutions and laws have laid great emphasis on procedural and substantive safeguards designed to assure fair trials before impartial tribunals in which every defendant stands equal before the law. This noble ideal cannot be realized if the poor man charged with crime has to face his accusers without a lawyer to assist him.” 

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black, 

Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)  


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Movie screening and Panel Discussion
Brown Bag Lunch – Refreshments and Desserts Provided

Event will be held at:

Jenner & Block
1099 New York Avenue NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20001
Visit  to RSVP.
*Space is limited for this event.



This documentary film was made possible by a generous grant from the Ford Foundation.


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