Faculty

Faculty

MOBILIZE OUR MISSION
The one resource we are fortunate to have in abundance is great lawyers willing to donate their time and energy as teachers and mentors for our community. For that, we are thankful, as our faculty is our most valuable resource. They lead the charge in developing our new lawyers as part of our mentorship program.
OUR CORE FACULTY
Primary Faculty
Central to our efforts to build a generation of public defenders to collectively transform the way our criminal justice system treats poor people accused of crimes is our Primary Faculty. While there are many excellent training programs available to public defenders, Gideon’s Promise uses a model that teaches values essential to public defense and strategies to resist systemic pressures to abandon those values. While training is essential to our mission, it is not an end in itself. Under the Gideon’s Promise model, training is one tool used to drive a transformation in indigent defense.
Therefore, unlike many training programs that look for excellent trial lawyers to teach discreet topics, we ask our Primary Faculty to make a deep and long-standing commitment to our mission. The Primary Faculty consists of current and former public defenders who volunteer to serve as teachers in Summer Institute, as mentors in our Core 101 Program, and as ambassadors for the organization and the community we are building together.
Guest Faculty
We recognize that there are many amazing teachers with much to offer our public defenders, who are not part of our Primary Faculty. These are experts who are willing to donate their time to work with our lawyers to develop skills that supplement the lessons taught in the Summer Institute.
Guest Faculty members are invited to prepare and teach a session at Gideon’s Promise Summer or Winter Meetings. Unlike Primary Faculty members, there is no requirement that Guest Faculty members attend the Gideon’s Promise Trainer Development Conference or that they have experience as public defenders. Any teacher who has expertise in an area that is relevant to public defenders is invited to propose a session.

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