Stetson’s law school hosted panel, film “Defending Gideon”

Members of the public were invited to a panel discussion and showing of the film, “Defending Gideon,” on Feb. 11 at Stetson University College of Law’s Gulfport campus. Approximately 70 people attended the showing of the 30-minute documentary and Q&A discussion about the history and future of public defender work and criminal justice in the U.S. (L-R): Christopher Durocher, Professor of Law Ellen Podgor, Bob… » Read more

The Road after Gideon: Stetson’s Bruce Jacob fights for the rights of the indigent

As a young lawyer in his 20s working for the Florida attorney general in Tallahassee 50 years ago, a Stetson University College of Law graduate named Bruce Jacob was assigned to represent the respondent in a Supreme Court case that made history. Bruce Jacob, professor and dean emeritus at Stetson. The Court’s landmark decision on March 18, 1963, regarding the right to a fair trial… » Read more

Impact of race and poverty on effective legal representation the topic of Oct. 24 talk at Stetson Law

Stephen Bright, the president and senior counsel of the Southern Human Rights Network, discussed “The Impact of Race and Poverty on Effective Assistance of Council” during a noontime lecture for Stetson Law students on Oct. 24. Stephen Bright talked with students on Oct. 24 in the Great Hall. Bright discussed the history of justice in the U.S. and inequalities in legal representation for the poor.… » Read more

Professor Bruce Jacob discusses presenting historic Gideon v. Wainwright case

The June 2012 Special Commemorative Edition of Champion magazine includes an interview with and article by Stetson Law professor Bruce Jacob, who presented the historic Gideon v. Wainwright case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Read the article, “Remembering Gideon’s Lawyers,” by Bruce R. Jacob. The text of the interview with Jacob follows, with special permission from the NACDL. A Conversation With Bruce R. Jacob W… » Read more