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The Commitment to Gideon’s Promise – Ensuring ‘Justice’ in Our Criminal Justice System

A Talk by Ilham Askia, Executive Director, Gideon’s Promise

Date/Time :10/30/2013 12:15 PM - 1:20 PM
Location :Room 1457, UCLA School of Law
Organizer :Catherine Mayorkas, Director, David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy
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Please join the UCLA School of Law’s David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy for the fourth program of its 2013-14 speaker series. 


“The Commitment to Gideon’s Promise – Ensuring ‘Justice’ in Our Criminal Justice System”
A Talk by Ilham Askia
Executive Director, Gideon’s Promise

 Introductory Remarks by UCLA School of Law Professor Ingrid Eagly

 Wednesday, October 30, 2013
12:15 - 1:20 p.m.
[Lunch served]
Room 1457, UCLA School of Law 

 Please RSVP Here by 4:00 p.m. on October 28
Ilham Askia is the Executive Director and co-founder of Gideon’s Promise, a non-profit organization that recruits, trains, and provides mentorship to new public defenders working in public defender offices throughout the South. Gideon’s Promise’s goal is to train and mobilize new public defenders to provide the highest quality of defense representation to people unable to afford an attorney. Gideon’s Promise is the only comprehensive program for new public defenders of its kind. Gideon’s Promise currently works with over 30 offices and has been involved with training over 160 lawyers since its inception in 2007. 
At Gideon’s Promise, Ms. Askia works with new public defenders in developing a client-centered approach in their practice. She is responsible for recruiting new public defenders, as well as developing and maintaining relationships with offices throughout the southeast. She also collaborates with law school career departments to help place recent law graduates in Gideon’s Promise partner offices. Ms. Askia manages the Leadership Summit for public defender chiefs, the Summer Law Clerk program for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year law students, the three-year Core 101 program for new public defenders, and the 201 Graduate level trainings. 
Prior to her work with Gideon’s Promise, Ms. Askia taught elementary and high school in the public school systems in Washington, D.C. and Fulton County, Georgia.  In Washington, while teaching sophomore, junior and senior high school students, she designed the English curriculum for academically challenged high school students at the Maya Angelou Public Charter School and facilitated teacher workshops on topics such as Differentiation in the Classroom and Kinesthetic Learning.  In her first year in the D.C. Public School system, as a Teach for America corps member, Ms. Askia was nominated for new teacher of the year in the District of Columbia.  As a second year teacher, Ms. Askia taught elementary school practices in Kawasaki, Japan as a Mid-Atlantic Japan in Schools Fellow through the University of Maryland.  She also served as a representative at the D.C. Superintendent’s Roundtable Discussion to refine curriculum and school operations in the District.  While working in the Fulton County Public School system in Georgia, Ms. Askia served on the first grade math curriculum team that designed performance assessments for the state of Georgia.  She also served as chair of the first grade team and as a member of the Principal’s Leadership Team. 
Ms. Askia received her Master’s in Teaching from Trinity University in Washington, D.C. and her B.S. degree from Cornell University.  
This program is cosponsored by the School of Law's Critical Race Studies Program, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, and Criminal Justice Society.
The 2013-14 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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