The National Right to Counsel Committee will release its much-anticipated report at a Washington news conference onTuesday, April 14th. The National Right to Counsel Committee, sponsored by the Constitution Project, was created in 2004 to examine the ability of the American justice system to provide adequate counsel to individuals in criminal and juvenile delinquency cases who cannot afford lawyers. Titled Justice Denied: America’s Continuing Neglect of Our Constitutional Right to Counsel, the report details the failures of that system and recommends twenty-two urgently needed reforms to fix them.
The bipartisan committee is co-chaired by Rhoda Billings (Wake Forest Law School and former Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court), Robert M.A. Johnson (District Attorney, Anoka County, MN and former president of the National District Attorneys Association) and Timothy K. Lewis (Co-Chair, Appellate Practice Group, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, and former judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit). Honorary co-chairs for the bipartisan committee are former Vice President Walter Mondale and former FBI Director William S. Sessions.
Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Arnold & Porter LLP, Garden Room, 555 Twelfth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004
Light refreshments will be served.
Email RSVP@constitutionproject.org with your name and the number of attendees.