Reforming Gideon at 50

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 5:30pm

Thank you to all who attended our discussion on the need to reform our public defense system. The Brennan Center co-hosted a roundtable discussion with The New Press to launch a new report with three reforms to revive the right to counsel. The panel at New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice discussed Gideon v. Wainwright, the landmark Supreme Court decision that established the right to counsel for the poor. “The routine denial of effective legal representation for poor defendants, coupled with the over-criminalization of petty offenses, feed our mass incarceration problem at great social and economic costs,” reads the report, co-written by Thomas Giovanni and Roopal Patel. The event also featured Karen Houppert, author of “Chasing Gideon,” published by The New Press.

Read the report: "Gideon at 50: Three Reforms to Revive the Right to Counsel"

Reforming Gideon at 50

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

5:30p.m. - 6:15p.m. Registration and Reception
6:15p.m. - 7:30p.m. Panel Discussion


  • Karen Houppert Author, Chasing Gideon
  • Gloria Browne-Marshall Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Jonathan Gradess Executive Director, New York State Defenders Association
  • Thomas Giovanni Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice

moderated by

  • David Carroll Executive Director, Sixth Amendment Center; Author of Afterword, Chasing Gideon


Co-sponsored by The New Press and the
Center on Media, Crime, and Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice