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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
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Bruce Jacob receives Champion of Indigent Defense Award from nation’s criminal defense bar

Bruce Jacob, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law, was presented with the Champion of Indigent Defense Award by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at its 56th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Calif. Jacob was formally presented with the award on Saturday at the Association’s board meeting. The Champion of Indigent Defense Award recognizes an individual for… » Read more
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Alumna crosses the bridge to practice: returns home to Jacksonville as newest assistant public defender

Alumna Ashley Goggins JD/MBA ’12, a recipient of Stetson University College of Law’s Bridge to Practice Fellowship, was hired as an assistant public defender working in the Juvenile Court Unit in the Fourth Judicial Circuit in July. Ashley Goggins Goggins shared that she has always had a passion for public service.  “That passion was cultivated during my time in law school,” said Goggins, who served… » Read more
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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
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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
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