University Campus Speaker to Talk About Legal Representation for the Poor

September 17, 2013

“If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.” If you have ever heard these words, you are at least familiar with the legacy of the Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright.

Join us for a conversation with Bruce Jacob, J.D., dean emeritus and professor of law, Stetson University College of Law, in honor of Constitution Day. Mr. Jacob represented Florida in this 1963 Supreme Court case, in which the court ruled that the poor have a right to legal representation in state felony cases at the expense of the states. The topic of adequate legal representation for the poor in criminal court continues to be a challenge today. Many court jurisdictions find that attorneys appointed to represent the poor are assigned too many cases to represent individual clients effectively, and jurisdictions are still grappling to find solutions.

The event will be held on Tuesday, September 17, at 7 p.m. in Selby Auditorium, Lewis Hall. It is free, open to the public, and refreshments will follow. Lewis Hall and Selby Auditorium are immediately on the left upon entering University Campus. Saint Leo is located at 33701 State Road 52, four miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 285).

Constitution Day Constitution Day honors the day 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution, on September 17, 1787. Constitution Day is an important part of the cultural heritage of the United States of America. Saint Leo University annually observes Constitution Day with a speaker or other special programming.

During the day, Saint Leo’s Division of Student Services distributes pocket-sized copies of the Constitution, along with information on voter registration.