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Honoring Gideon’s Promise, Rallying Gideon’s Army:

Georgia’s Public Defender System on the 50th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright

2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright. In recognition of Gideon, the University of Georgia School  of Law is hosting a daylong conference that will focus on Georgia's public defender system and will include a screening of the film, "Gideon's Army," released by HBO earlier this year and featuring young public defenders in Georgia and Mississippi who were trained through the Gideon's Promise program (formerly the Southern Public Defender Training Center). The conference will be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 4th, at the law school in Classroom B. 
There will be four panel discussions throughout the day, with ample room for audience participation. Panelists include the filmmaker, Dawn Porter; Steve Bright and Atteeyah Hollie of the Southern Center for Human Rights; Sharon Hill of the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law & Justice; Michael Caplan of Bondurant, Mixson and Elmore; Tim Saviello of John Marshall Law School; Circuit Public Defenders Brandon Clark (Atlantic), John Donnelly (Western), Michael Edwards (Eastern), Leisa Johnson (Dougherty) and Claudia Saari (Stone Mountain); and Assistant Public Defenders Tosif Chouhan (Atlanta), Azi Golshan (Coweta), Lizzie Taxel (Stone Mountain), and Travis Williams (Northeastern) (Williams is featured in "Gideon's Army.")   
There is no fee for the conference but advance registration is strongly encouraged:
Please register by October 2. CLE credit is available for a fee of $45.00 (6 hours total, including 1 Professionalism, 1 Ethics and 3 Trial Practice credits). Lunch is $10.00 for those who want it on site, which is highly recommended. There is no lunch program - the lunch hour provides an opportunity for audience and panelists, old friends and new friends, to meet and talk.  
Questions may be addressed to Heidi Murphy, hmurphy@uga.edu, or Russell Gabriel, gabrielr@uga.edu