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The Commitment to Gideon’s Promise – Ensuring “Justice” in our Criminal Justice System

A Talk by Jonathan Rapping

Date/Time :11/14/2012 12:15 PM - 1:20 PM
Location :UCLA School of Law
Organizer :Catherine Mayorkas, Director, Public Interest Programs
Description :

Please join the UCLA School of Law’s David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy for the sixth program of its 2012-13 speaker series.
“The Commitment to Gideon’s Promise – Ensuring ‘Justice’ in Our Criminal Justice System”
A Talk by Jonathan Rapping
Introductory Remarks by UCLA School of Law Professor Ingrid Eagly
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
12:15 - 1:20 p.m.
[Lunch served]
Room 1447, UCLA School of Law

 Please RSVP HERE by November 12
Jonathan Rapping is the founding Director of the innovative Honors Criminal Justice Program at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, where he also teaches criminal law and criminal procedure. He is also the Founder and President of the Southern Public Defender Training Center, whose mission is to inspire, mobilize and train legal professionals to provide the highest quality defense representation to people unable to afford an attorney. The Center currently focuses its training efforts on the Southeastern United States.
Immediately prior to joining John Marshall Law School in 2007, Professor Rapping served as Training Chief for the Orleans Public Defender, working to rebuild New Orleans’ public defender office in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  In recognition of his work in New Orleans, he was a co-recipient of the prestigious Lincoln Leadership Award, given by Kentucky's Department of Public Advocacy to honor leadership in national efforts to improve indigent defense.
Before joining the Orleans Public Defenders, Professor Rapping was the first Training Director of Georgia’s new state-wide public defender system. In that capacity, he developed a program designed to recruit young public defenders to offices throughout the state and to provide them with the training and support needed to help transform indigent defense representation in those jurisdictions. Prior to that, he was the Training Director for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.  Professor Rapping has also taught at numerous clinical training programs for criminal defense associations, public defenders offices, and law schools throughout the country, including Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and the National Defender Training Project.
While teaching and developing and implementing training programs for public defenders, Professor Rapping also has continued to represent indigent clients in the South, trying a wide variety of cases, both adult and juvenile, and representing clients charged with offenses ranging from misdemeanors to capital murder. 
Professor Rapping has published numerous articles on the importance of changing organizational culture in order to effectuate indigent defense reform and on the need to focus on recruitment, training, and mentoring in an effort to impact cultural transformation. 
This program is cosponsored by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, UCLA School of Law student chapter, and the Criminal Justice Society.
The 2012-13 David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy Speaker Series is made possible by the generous support of the Margaret Levy Fund.
For more information, please contact Catherine Mayorkas, Director of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, at (310) 206-9155 / mayorkas@law.ucla.edu.

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