Georgetown Defenders is committed to developing and sustaining a robust community of future public defenders at Georgetown University Law Center. Our mission is three-fold:

  1. Educate: To educate and encourage self-education on the role of public defense in our society.
  2. Activate: To activate our beliefs by organizing direct action campaigns for current issues afflicting public defense profession and the greater criminal justice system.
  3. Communicate: To communicate and connect with alumni to build and sustain a network of current and future public defenders.

Recent Posts

Bahar Ansari/The Legal Aid Society (Brooklyn)

First episode is out all! “Defenders United” Episode 1 features Bahar Ansari, trial attorney for The Legal Aid Society – Brooklyn, and visiting clinical professor at CUNY School of Law.  Listen in as we discuss her experience growing up in rural Pennsylvania as the child of Iranian immigrants, her legal education at CUNY, blindfold discovery … Continue reading Bahar Ansari/The Legal Aid Society (Brooklyn)

You have the right to an attorney*

In the early sixties, the Supreme Court under the leadership of Chief Justice Earl Warren decided Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963), the case that required states to provide counsel to defendants, in criminal cases, who could not afford an attorney. In a 9-0 decision penned by Justice Hugo Black, the Court stated: “That government … Continue reading You have the right to an attorney*

Welcome Back!

We hope you all had a great summer! Ours was particularly productive. We’re a new student organization, so in addition to working at a variety of public defender offices, we’ve also been working on developing direction and events for the school year. Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, make sure you come to our first general meeting on September 20th in McDonough 207.

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