50th Anniversary Tribute to Gideon v. Wainwright: The Right to the Effective Assistance of Counsel

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On January 8, 1962, a large envelope arrived in the mailroom of the United States Supreme Court from prisoner number 003826. Inside the package was a handwritten petition, seeking certiorari to the Supreme Court, based on the claim that the prisoner had been denied his constitutional right to counsel. So began one of the most remarkable cases in the history of the Supreme Court, Gideon v. Wainwright, which would affect more persons in our criminal justice system than any other case. Veteran practitioners Herald Price Fahringer and See more +
On January 8, 1962, a large envelope arrived in the mailroom of the United States Supreme Court from prisoner number 003826. Inside the package was a handwritten petition, seeking certiorari to the Supreme Court, based on the claim that the prisoner had been denied his constitutional right to counsel. So began one of the most remarkable cases in the history of the Supreme Court, Gideon v. Wainwright, which would affect more persons in our criminal justice system than any other case. Veteran practitioners Herald Price Fahringer and Erica Dubno will trace the history of this fascinating case and the consequences for lawyers today. See less -

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