Year Published:

Event: Until Civil Gideon: Expanding Access to Justice (New York 2013)

  Friday, November 1, 2013 - 9:00am

Until Civil Gideon: Expanding Access to Justice

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Gideon v. Wainright ruling, Fordham Law School’s Urban Law Center,Urban Law Journal, and Feerick Center for Social Justice sponsored an all-day conference entitled Until Civil Gideon: Expanding Access to Justice.  The conference convened leading scholars as well as national and local leaders in the access to justice movement, including distinguished speakers:

  • Hon. Earl Johnson, Jr. opened the day with a reflection on the civil Gideon movement and its current efforts; Professor Benjamin H. Barton and Richard Zorza responded.
  • New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman delivered the keynote speech during the conference’s luncheon session.
  • Professor Russell Engler, Justice Fern A. Fisher (Director of the New York State Access to Justice Program), and Professor Deborah L. Rhode concluded by discussing the outlook for the access to justice movement and the role of various stakeholder communities, such as the organized bar, law schools, courts, and legal services providers.

The full video of the event in four parts is available at