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50 Years of Gideon with Professor Ty Alper

Thursday, April 4

Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom, Room 1001

5PM Lecture with Q&A session
6PM Reception

To mark the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, one of the most famous Supreme Court decisions of all time, King Hall students celebrate the ideals espoused in the ruling that granted lawyers to indigent people facing criminal charges. The anniversary is also a time to reflect on the many ways in which the current state of indigent defense in this country falls far short of those ideals. 

Drawing on his experience representing clients in Washington D.C., California, Alabama, and Georgia, Professor Ty Alper will take stock of where we are, why some recent Supreme Court opinions offer glimmers of hope for the future, and, most importantly, how law schools and law students can best position themselves to meet the growing need for high-quality representation for the Gideons of tomorrow.

Ty Alper is a Clinical Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Death Penalty Clinic at Berkeley Law.

Free MCLE Credit (1 hour) Available for Attorneys

Co-Sponsored by:
Students United for Reform and Justice (SURJ) 

UC Davis School of Law Dean's Office 

Law Students Association (LSA) 

Recruitment, Retention and Outreach Committee (RROC)