On October 4th, University of Georgia Law will be hosing a conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the case in which the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that due process requires state governments to provide defense counsel to indigent defendants in criminal cases. Through a series of four panel discussions and a screening of the 2013 HBO film “Gideon’s Army,” the conference will address Georgia’s current public defender system, which is now in its ninth year of operation. Additionally, UGA Law Alumnus Travis A. Williams is featured in this film.
In connection with this event the Law Library has created a display showing the various resources we have on this landmark decision. Highlights include Gideon’s Trumpet, which is a bestseller that covers the history James Earl Gideon’s fight for the right to legal counsel (we also have a movie based on the book!). There are also various resources discussing indigents’ right to counsel. The display is next to the Annex bridge, check it out!