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Human Rights Film Series- "Gideon's Army"


Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Time: 05:30PM
Description: The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law and the AU Center for Social Media are sponsoring the third film of the annual Human Rights Film Series, "Gideon's Army." "Gideon's Army" follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. Backed by mentor Jonathan "Rap" Rapping, a charismatic leader who heads the Southern Public Defender Training Center (now known as Gideon's Promise), they struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon v. Wainwright that established the right to counsel, can these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make "justice for all" a reality?
Sponsor: Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
URL: http://www.american.edu/provost/human-rights/film-series/
Location: AU Katzen Arts Center
Contact Name: Michael Baney
Contact Phone: 202-274-4180
Contact Email: mbaney@wcl.american.edu
Posted On: 10/15/13

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