Please join us for a discussion on:
2013 is the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s
decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, in which the Court
established a right to representation by an attorney, at government
expense, for criminal defendants who cannot afford to pay for
This event will offer perspectives on why there should also be a
right to counsel for low-income people in civil cases. It will open
with a live webcast from the State Bar Center in Albany featuring
remarks by New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and State
Bar President David M. Schraver. A panel discussion will
After the broadcast, Professor
Ann Goldweber of the
Consumer Justice for the Elderly: Litigation Clinic, and Donna Dougherty,
Attorney-in-Charge and Dianne O. Woodburn, Senior Staff Attorney,
JASA/Legal Services for the Elderly in Queens, will invite St.
John's Law participants to discuss Civil Gideon and ideas for
expanding the availability of legal services for poor people.They
will also share their views on the crucial role legal services
lawyers play in protecting housing and other essential needs of
vulnerable persons, including elderly, low-income clients.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
5 - 6:30 p.m.
Law School | Room 2-01| Center for Advocacy and Dispute
Rachel D. Andron, Esq.
Director, Public Interest Center