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Mission

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

Broken Windows in 2018

Broken windows policing, a decidedly failed effort to prevent serious crime by cracking down on petty offenses (e.g. public urination, vandalism), often has life-altering effects on the lives of those subjected to it. Kim Kidani, 3L Advisory Committee member for Georgetown Defenders, reflects on how this method of policing prevails in New York City today. … Continue reading Broken Windows in 2018

Wednesdays in Marijuana Court

Meet Alex Douglas, 2L Leadership Committee member and intern at the Arlington County Public Defender’s Office. For Alex, this summer has thus far been a lesson in the brutal reality of our criminal justice system: Wednesday afternoon is “marijuana court” at the Arlington County Courthouse. It is the designated arraignment slot for possession of marijuana … Continue reading Wednesdays in Marijuana Court

Cheryl Sobeski-Reedy/Luzerne County (Wilkes-Barre)

“I would go into courtrooms and there wouldn’t be women lawyers there, and I would say, ‘I’m going to keep coming in here so that they get used to seeing a woman.’ I remember thinking that at the time — ‘I’m not going anywhere, I’m going to keep coming.’” In Episode 3, Cheryl Sobeski-Reedy discusses … Continue reading Cheryl Sobeski-Reedy/Luzerne County (Wilkes-Barre)

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