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April 2013 , Page 14 

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NACDL News: NACDL and The Heritage Foundation Co-Sponsor ‘Gideon at 50‘ Event

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer

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NACDL and Heritage Gideon at 50 event 

Participants at the “Gideon at 50” event included (left to right) NACDL Executive Director Norman L. Reimer, former Attorney General Edwin Meese III, NACDL President Steven D. Benjamin, Texas Indigent Defense Commission Executive Director Jim Bethke, and former N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Rhoda Billings.

On March 12, NACDL and The Heritage Foundation hosted “Gideon at 50: Fundamental Right, Ongoing Challenge,” an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Gideon v. Wainwright. The event, which featured a panel of experts on the subject of indigent defense, reflected on the continuing challenges 50 years after the landmark decision. The panel underscored the importance of the right to counsel and that support for indigent defense in particular enjoys broad ideological support. The panelists included NACDL President Steven D. Benjamin, Texas Indigent Defense Commission Executive Director Jim Bethke, and former Chief Justice Rhoda Billings (North Carolina Supreme Court). Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III and NACDL Executive Director Norman Reimer served as panel co-hosts.

To view a webcast of the event, visit the features section on the home page of the NACDL website.

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