To recognize the fiftieth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, the Georgetown Law Library has created a research guide devoted to the subject of indigent criminal defense.
This new guide combines primary and secondary legal sources, as well as original source material held in the National Equal Justice Library and Special Collections here at the law library. Also included are related materials such as statistics and items from our popular materials, such as the movie Gideon’s Trumpet, starring Henry Fonda.
We have organized the material into three main sections: One dealing with the law before Gideon; one devoted to Gideon itself; and one covering post-Gideon developments. The guide is designed to help students and others who want to quickly immerse themselves in the case law, scholarship, and historical materials concerning this essential element of our criminal justice system.
Last night the Friends of the Law Library, the Georgetown chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild, the Georgetown Criminal Law Association, Georgetown Human Rights Action–Amnesty International, and Human Rights First hosted a screening of the film The House I Live In along with lively a Q & A with filmmaker Eugene Jarecki.
As a follow-up, here is a bibliography of related resources.
Reviews for The House I Live In:
- Eugene Jarecki, Voting Out the Drug War, The Nation, Dec. 3, 2012.
- Jack Leonard & Maura Dolan, Softer 3-strikes Law Has Defense Lawyers Preparing Case Reviews, L.A. Times, Nov. 8, 2012.
- John Schwartz, Thousands of Prison Terms in Crack Cases Could Be Eased, N.Y. Times, June 30, 2011.
Law Review Articles & Book Chapters:
- (GULC) Sara Sun Beale, The Story of Ewing v. California: Three Strikes Laws and the Limits of the Eighth Amendment Proportionality Review, in Criminal Law Stories (Donna Coker & Robert Weisburg, eds., 2012).
- Nancy Gertner, On Competence, Legitimacy, and Proportionality, 160 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1585 (2012).
- Stephen Hunter et al., New Jersey’s Drug Courts: A Fundamental Shift from the War on Drugs to a Public Health Approach for Drug Addiction and Drug-Related Crime, 64 Rutgers L. Rev. 795 (2012).
- Jelani Jefferson Exum, Sentencing, Drugs, and Prisons: A Lesson from Ohio, 42 U. Toledo L. Rev. 881 (2011).
- Patrice A. Fulcher, Hustle and Flow: Prison Privatization Fueling the Prison Industrial Complex, 51 Washburn L.J. 589 (2012).
Please join the Friends of the Law Library, the Georgetown chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild, the Georgetown Criminal Law Association, Georgetown Human Rights Action–Amnesty International, and Human Rights First in welcoming acclaimed filmmaker Eugene Jarecki to Georgetown Law for a screening of his film, The House I Live In, at the latest co-sponsored Law at the Movies event:
Movie: The House I Live In (2012)
Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Time: 6:30pm (refreshments & seating), showtime 7:00pm
Location: Hart Auditorium, Georgetown University Law Center
Winner of the 2012 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, The House I Live In is a gripping documentary on America’s criminal justice system, examining the politics behind U.S. drug laws, their impact upon race and class dynamics, and the unexpected toll society has paid for the War on Drugs.
After the screening, stay for a discussion of the film and issues it presents with director Eugene Jarecki. A reception will follow.
View the film’s official trailer and RSVP on the Human Rights First website. To learn more about the Friends of the Georgetown Law Library program and the benefits of becoming a member, please visit www.law.georgetown.edu/library/visitors/friends.
The Friends of the Law Library, in conjunction with the Contemplative Law Society and Lawyers in Balance invite you to a screening of The Dhamma Brothers, the latest event in the Library’s Law at the Movies series:
Movie: The Dhamma Brothers (2007)
Date: Monday, November 12, 2012
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hart Auditorium
The Dhamma Brothers (2007) documents the impact of eastern meditation as a means of rehabilitation at an Alabama state prison, illustrating meditation’s transformative power in even the most oppressive conditions and provoking thought about whether justice or society is duly served by our current correctional methods.
After the film, a discussion of the lessons and ideas it presents will be led by members of Georgetown Law’s faculty and organizations, including:
• Jane Aiken, Dean of Clinical Programs & Director of the Community Justice Project Clinic
• Gretchen Rohr, Project Director for the DC Jail Advocacy Project
• Andrew Christensen, Reference Librarian, Georgetown Law Library
To learn more about the Friends of the Georgetown Law Library program and the benefits of becoming a member, please visit www.law.georgetown.edu/library/visitors/friends.