GIDEON’S ARMY: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PUBLIC DEFENDER
Accredited for Pennsylvania & New Jersey CLE: 4 Credits (Ethics)
Why You Should Attend
Start by enjoying a private screening of the critically acclaimed HBO documentary, “Gideon’s Army” as you track the lives of three Public Defenders struggling against all odds to obtain a measure of justice for their clients in the deep south. Learn what it’s like to be a P.D. in our area as you hear from Kier Bradford-Grey, the Chief Public Defender in Montgomery County (formerly a Public Defender in Philadelphia County and the first African-American to ever hold that post in Montgomery County) as she talks about the unique challenges each county poses to Public Defenders who often struggle for limited resources and against overwhelming case
loads. Hear her share her own path and the rewards and frustrations her career entails. Learn about the Pennsylvania Innocence Project from its Legal Director, Marissa Bluestine, as she talks about the work they do to free wrongfully-convicted felons in Pennsylvania, the role of DNA evidence, and the conflicts between the District Attorney’s Office and the Public Defender’s Office in the use of DNA to exonerate defendants. Finally, end by hearing the true story of a local death row exoneree, Kirk Bloodsworth (the very first person in the United States exonerated from death row by DNA evidence) the hopelessness he felt along the way, and the impact of having his life handed back to him.
Discover that earning your CLE credits can be a great experience!
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Video – Gideon’s Army
Please note you shall have to watch the movie “Gideon’s Army”. This can be instantly rented from Amazon.com for $3.99. To compensate you for this additional charge, the course shall only be $71.
Note: there will be several short multiple choice questions regarding the movie at the end of the course in the “Course Codes and Evaluation” form.
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