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)

Will Snowden/Orleans Public Defenders

"That sound of the links rubbing up against each other and that shuffle of the feet, is something that I will never forget. I don't know what slavery sounds like, but I'm sure it's similar to that." In Episode 2, attorney Will Snowden from Orleans Public Defenders discusses diversity in law school, Louisiana's habitual offender … Continue reading Will Snowden/Orleans Public Defenders

Bahar Ansari/The Legal Aid Society (Brooklyn)

"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 law in New York City, … Continue reading Bahar Ansari/The Legal Aid Society (Brooklyn)

“Defenders United” Episode 1 Teaser

Excited to announce that the first episode of our brand new podcast will be released on Friday, October 6th. As a meditation on the role of public defense in our society, “Defenders United” will explore the lives and work of public defense attorneys across the United States from the perspective of a current law student. … Continue reading “Defenders United” Episode 1 Teaser

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.