The Washington Post

″People tend to think most of what a public defender does happens in front of a judge,” says Jon Rapping, president and founder of the nonprofit public defender advocacy organization Gideon’s Promise. “But being a good attorney means communicating with …

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A Night to Celebrate 2019

On Thursday, September 19, 2019, Gideon’s Promise hosted “A Night to Celebrate” in the grand ballroom of The Roosevelt Hotel, 45 East 45th St New York City, New York from 6-9 pm.    …

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Brennan Center for Justice

Conduct training to improve indigent defense culture: As reforms are achieved, they must be accompanied by regular training in order to ensure that embedded harmful practices do not continue once more resources are available. The training should encourage indigent defense …

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2018 A Night to Celebrate

Strengthening public defenders & transforming public defense to ensure that those accused of crimes, who are most vulnerable, have equal access to justice. …

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Public defenders are notoriously overworked, underpaid, and constantly juggling an overwhelming caseload. As a startling New York Times story found this past January, one attorney in Louisiana was working 194 felony cases, while another was balancing 413. Lawyers in certain places are …

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Daily Report

Gideon’s Promise has added white-collar defense veteran Charles Clayman of New York boutique Clayman & Rosenberg to its board. Read Full Article  …

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The Washington Informer

Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) on Wednesday introduced the Ensuring Quality Access to Legal Defense (EQUAL Defense) Act of 2019. The legislation aims to support public defender systems, which are straining to uphold the constitutional right to counsel for indigent …

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