Equal Justice Film Festival Kick-Off Event
On Monday, March 18th, 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the Gideon v. Wainwright case. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that state courts are required under the Fourteenth Amendment to provide counsel for defendants who are unable to afford an attorney. By highlighting the responsibility of the government to provide legal counsel to low-income Americans, Gideon was a landmark case in the equal justice movement in the United States. In acknowledgement of this significant anniversary, we will show the 1980 movie Gideon's Trumpet, starring Henry Fonda as Clarence Earl Gideon, Jose Ferrer as Abe Fortas and John Houseman as Chief Justice Earl Warren. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion with Georgetown Law Center faculty members Prof. Malia Brink, Prof. John Copacino, and Prof. Abbe Smith. The movie will kick-off the 2013 Equal Justice Film Festival, a series of films and discussion on the ideals and realities of equal justice under law.
Please join us for the screening of Gideon's Trumpet
When: Monday, March 18 - Refreshments & Seating: 6:00 p.m.; Showtime: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Georgetown University Law Center - Supreme Court Institute Moot Court Room (Hotung 2nd floor lobby)
Stay for a discussion of the film and the ideas it presents, led by:
- Malia Brink - Director, Institutional Development and Policy Counsel, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Adjunct Professor of Law
- John Copacino - Director, Criminal Justice Clinic; Co-Director, E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship Program; Professor of Law
- Abbe Smith - Director, Criminal Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic; Co-Director, E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship Program; Professor of Law