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Friday, November 30 - Saturday, December 1, 2018: The Gideon's Promise executive team hosted a series of events in Washington, D.C., collectively called "The Promise Party Weekend." Check out the photo gallery online. Click here to view photos and videos from the weekend's events.

Saturday, November 4, 2017: Gideon's Promise president Jonathan Rapping will give the keynote speech at Shaking the Foundations Conference, a West Coast Progressive Lawyering Conference at Stanford Law School. Click here to learn more about Jonathan Rapping and the conference.
Thursday, October 19, 2017: Jonathan Rapping, president of Gideon's Promise, gave a special presentation on "Fulfilling Gideon's Promise: The Role of the Public Defender in Criminal Justice Reform" at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College.
Friday, October 27, 2017: Gideon’s Promise was in the house at the Harvard Law School Bicentennial Celebration helping to show why public defenders are critical to justice. Jonathan Rapping joined a powerful panel to discuss “Teaching and the Movement: Criminal Justice Reform, from the Classroom to the Front Lines.”
Saturday, October 28, 2017: Jonathan Rapping, president of Gideon's Promise, and Zachary Norris, executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, explored how far America has come to realizing equal justice for all and how far we have yet to go in the "Equal Justice for All?" session at Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas.
Tuesday, October 10 - Wednesday, October 11, 2017 in New York, NY: The Smart on Crime Innovations Conference brought together community leaders, criminal justice practitioners, elected officials, businesses, foundations, the media, and researchers to showcase promising criminal justice interventions informed by evidence and data. Gideon's Promise proudly participated on the steering committee for this influential event. Our president, Jonathan Rapping, moderated the panel titled "Innovations in Representing the Accused," and our execitive director, Ilham Askia, spoke on the "Voices of Impacted Communities" panel, both on October 10, 2017 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
     Representatives from the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Alliance for Safety & Justice and JustLeadershipUSA joined Ilham Askia, of Gideon's Promise, for the panel, "Voices of the Impacted Community." Click Below to watch the "Voices of Impacted Communities" panel.

     The "Innovations in Representing the Accused" panel featured Raj Jayadev of SV De-Bug; Mary Moriarty, Chief Public Defender at Hennepin County Public Defender; Dawn Deaner, Chief Public Defender at Nashville Defenders & Rick Jones of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. Moderator Jonathan Rapping opened with a question: Why are public defenders absent from the national discussion on reform?

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 3:30pm in Detroit, MI: Ilham Askia, the executive director of Gideon's Promise, will participate in a panel at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)'s Presidential Summit & Seminar Race Matters: The Impact of Race on Criminal Justice. The panel is called "Voices of Clients" and includes family of formerly incarcerated people, as well as formerly incarcerated people themselves. Click here to watch a clip from the panel.
September 8, 2017 at 7:00pm at Gideon's Promise: Emerson Collective, a partner of Gideon’s Promise, excitedly offered the opportunity to unite the public around XQ Super School Live, an uplifting television event for a great cause: “rethinking high school to better prepare every kid living in America to succeed in the future.”
    A quality public education, like a quality public defender, levels the playing field for people from different socio-economic backgrounds. It is imperative that we end the school-to-prison pipeline. Public defenders tell the stories of the children they represent in the juvenile system every day.
    What if we redefined our schools to support all kids, even the ones impacted by the criminal justice system?  On Friday, September 8th actors, musicians, educators and students came together for a live TV event called #XQLive, that encouraged us all to rethink the future of high school education.  Gideon’s Promise hosted a viewing party for the event.
August 31, 2017 at 7:00pm, Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station: Amazon Studios brought an exclusive advanced screening and panel discussion to Atlanta, which included criminal justice experts, cast members, and the man at the center of the story. Gideon's Promise was proud to have one of our Class of 2010 graduates, Devin Franklin, a Senior Public Defender at the Office of the Circuit Public Defender - Atlanta, among such illustrious panelists. Following Crown Heights, the panel on criminal justice also included: Colin Warner, whose story inspired the making of the film; Lakeith Stanfield, who stars as Colin in the film; Nnamdi Asomugha, who produced the film and plays Carl King; Clare Gilbert, the Interim Director of the Georgia Innocence Project; Lisa Graybill, the Deputy Legal Director for Criminal Justice Reform at the Southern Poverty Law Center; and Melissa Harris Perry as the event's moderator. Gideon's Promise graduates and current classmates from the Classes of 2010, 2016 and 2017 attended the screening and panel.
August 22, 2017 at 6:00pm, King Chapel at Morehouse College: Following the advance screening of Crown Heights, Gideon's Promise executive director, Ilham Askia joined a panel of criminal justice experts to discuss flaws in the criminal justice system and the power of perseverance and loyalty to overcome them. Other panelists included: Omar Jahwar, founder of Urban Specialists; Winfield Murray, director of moot court at Morehouse College; and Adrienne Jones, political science professor at Morehouse College, served as moderator. President Harold Martin of Morehouse; Dr. Michael Lomax, president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF); Colin Warner and his wife, Antoinette, were all special guests in attendance.

Apr. 14th, 2017: Gideon's Promise president, Jonathan Rapping, presented the Gideon's Promise model for transforming the justice system to Google. Gideon's Promise public defenders know that "proximity is more than just standing near someone, it’s getting to know someone." Click to watch a clip of the presentation below.
Jan. 21st, 2017: Gideon's Promise presented "Islands, Bridges, or Arteries: The Relationship between Public Defenders and Social Justice," a round table discussion which explored various visions of public defense, examined traditional hurdles public defenders face in developing effective relationships with the communities they serve, and explored how public defenders can redefine their role as an essential part of a broader effort to truly make the criminal justice system respect and serve impacted communities. Click here to watch the recording of the panel on Facebook.
Mar. 16th, 2016: The annual American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia Membership Confrence panel, at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School
Nov. 14th, 2015:  A Dialogue of Social Justice, presented by the Kennesaw Missionary Baptist Association.
Sept. 26th, 2015Social Justice Awareness at Turner Chapel AME

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