Summer Law Clerk


June 5 - June 7

This program is available to law students who have completed at least one year of law school and have shown an interest in pursuing a career in public defense. Participating students will be matched with a public defender in a Gideon’s Promise partner office for a summer, where they will gain valuable exposure to all aspects of effective public defense.

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Summer Institute 2024

Atlanta, GA

July 13-July 28

Summer Institute is a two-week program that Gideon’s Promise offers to our growing public defender community. This annual program brings together public defenders from all over the country to sharpen their legal skills as they provide support to vulnerable populations. Summer Institute provides training to defenders who are in different stages of their careers.

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A Night to Celebrate 2024

New York, NY

To Be Announced

Gideon’s Promise will host the 7th annual fundraiser, A Night to Celebrate in New York City! A Night to Celebrate recognizes outstanding individuals in the Greater New York area working to improve the criminal justice system. The awards given out during this ceremony will be the 2024 Ian Yankwitt Equalizer Award, and 2024 Champion of the Community Award. It’s always a pleasure when we get to recognize individuals that are changing the status quo of our criminal legal system!

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Winter Training Institute 2021


11AM - 6PM

Gideon’s Promise is delighted to announce that we are hosting our very first, Virtual Winter Institute! This year Winter Institute 2021 will be held virtually from January 22-23, 2021. Registration is now open! For additional information, please contact [email protected]. All Gideon’s Promise current class members, alumni, partner office leaders are invited to attend.

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Women’s Thought Panel: Keeping the Promise of Justice Alive for Our Communities

The Gathering Spot

7:00pm - 8:00 pm

For Gideon’s Promise Week 2021, we presented, Women’s Thought Leadership Panel: Keeping the Promise of Justice Alive for Our Communities hosted by The Gathering Spot. This free, virtual event was moderated by Mo Ivory and featured an all-star panel of Black women leaders across public defense, corporate, and nonprofit spaces. Panelists included, Head of Global Brand Experiences at Ford Motor Company, Rajoielle “Raj” Register; Founder and Chief Executive Office of Why Not Prosper, Rev. Dr. Michelle Anne Simmons; and Assistant Public Defender for Florida’s 10th Judicial Circuit, Andrenette Sullivan.

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Future Indigent Defense Leaders Program

San Antonio, TX

April 23 - May 7

The Texas Future Indigent Defense Leaders (FIDL) program is an innovative partnership between Gideon’s Promise, the Harris County Public Defender’s Office, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA), and the Texas Indigent Defense Commission. This year, 30 lawyers will have the opportunity to be a part of history, as the inaugural Texas FIDL class. This three-year program begins with a two-week CORE 101 new defender training, which will be taught in three segments: the ethics and professionalism of public defense, pretrial practice and trial preparation, and trial advocacy and persuasion. This “boot camp” will be held from April 23rd through May 7th in San Antonio. Special thanks to our national partner, Arnold Ventures, for aiding in the execution of this historic moment.

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Protecting This Promise

You don't have to be a public defender to protect the promise of zealous counsel for all. Your monthly contribution--no matter the amount--will directly impact the fate of a defendant who didn't know they needed you.