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Dean Michaels to lead ‘Gideon’s Promise’ panel discussion

May 14, 2013 | Faculty

Dean Alan C. Michaels will moderate a May 23 panel discussion hosted by the Supreme Court of Ohio about the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that guaranteed the availability of counsel for indigent defendants.

The panel discussion, titled “Gideon’s Promise,” falls just over 50 years after the case, Gideon v. Wainwright, was decided under the Fourteenth Amendment. The discussion, part of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Forum on Law, begins at 6 p.m. at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center, 65 S. Front St.

The panel is set to focus on whether the right to counsel is being honored today, along with the ways the funding and structure of Ohio’s defense system fulfill that promise. Three panelists on the bill include:

  • Tim Young, director of the Office of the Ohio Public Defender and president of the American Council of Chief Defenders;
  • David Singleton, executive director of nonprofit group the Ohio Justice and Policy Center in Cincinnati; and
  • the Honorable Nick Selvaggio, who was recently elected to the Champaign County Common Pleas Court after spending 16 years as the county’s prosecuting attorney.

Michaels, the Edwin M. Cooperman Professor of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, is a former New York prosecutor and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun.

The program is open to the public and is free. Registration for the event is set to open