The goal of "Gideon at Fifty" is to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark case Gideon v. Wainwright, which held that the Sixth Amendment’s right to counsel has full force and effect for indigent defendants facing felony charges in state court prosecutions. Since Gideon was decided, the guarantee to counsel has been extended to misdemeanors and to “critical stages” of a criminal prosecution. However, many of the promises inherent in Gideon have gone unrealized. This Symposium aims to examine some of the areas in which indigent defendants would benefit from the guarantees of Gideon; namely, pretrial proceedings like bail hearings and arraignment, as well as later stages in a criminal prosecution, including plea bargaining and post-conviction.


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Friday, March 22nd
8:30 AM

Registration and Welcome

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

9:15 AM

New Possibilities: Examining Gideon's Application in the Pretrial Context

Charles H. Dorsey III, Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Chris Florh, Blackford & Flohr LLC
Cynthia Jones, American University Washington College of Law
Timothy J. Murray, Pretrial Justsice Institute
Douglas L. Colbert, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

12:00 PM

Luncheon and Keynote Address

Lis M. Wayne, Law Offices of Lisa M. Wayne

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Friday, November 22nd
10:40 AM

Collateral Consequences: Plea Bargaining, Post-Conviction, and the Right to Effective Assistance of Counsel

Richard Daniel Klein, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Margaret Colgate Love, Law Office of Margaret Love
Thiruvendran Vignarajah, Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City
Michael Pinard, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

10:40 AM - 11:55 AM