Film Series

Gideon's Army: Screening and Conversation

November 3, 2014

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. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling 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?

The screening of the official Sundance selection documentary was followed by a discussion with the film’s Director, Dawn Porter, the first editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project (a not-for-profit, non-partisan news organization dedicated to covering America’s criminal justice system), Bill Keller, Executive Director and Attorney-in-Chief of the Federal Defenders of New York Executive Director, David Patton, and public defender, Travis Williams, who is in the film.

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