U.S. Attorney's Office and Wayne Law panel discuss criminal defendant's right to a lawyer

March 25 discussion centers on 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright

March 19, 2013

The Honorable Edward Ewell, Wayne County Circuit Court, will moderate a panel at Wayne State University Law School exploring the modern-day application of a criminal defendant’s right to counsel. The discussion will begin at 12:30 p.m., Monday, March 25, in Partrich Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.  

Fifty years ago, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Gideon v. Wainwright that state courts are required under the 14th Amendment to guarantee every criminal defendant in a felony trial the right to a lawyer. This ruling extended the same requirement made on the federal government under the Sixth Amendment. The discussion will focus on how the various factions of the bench and bar work together to satisfy that requirement in Michigan.

Speakers will include Valerie Newman, assistant defender, State Appellate Defender Office; Miriam Siefer, chief defender, Federal Defender Office; U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade; The Honorable Paul D. Borman, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; and Mark Fancher, racial justice staff attorney, ACLU.

Parking is available for $6 in Structure One on Palmer Street across from the Law School.

Lunch will be provided and reservations are requested and can be made by emailing