Honoring Our Federal Defenders
The Federal Bar Association Chapter
for the Southern District of New York
to an event honoring
Our Federal Defenders
~ Introduction by ~
The Honorable Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska
United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York
~ Role of the Federal Defender Conducted By ~
Richard B. Zabel
Deputy United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York
~With remarks by~
Executive Director and Attorney-in-Chief of the Federal Defenders
May 14, 2013, 5:30pm
Reception to Follow
US District Court, 500 Pearl Street, Room 850, New York, NY 10007
For more information, please contact:
Phil Schatz, (212) 421-8100 ext. 313
The Federal Defenders of New York represents people accused of federal crimes in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York who cannot afford to hire an attorney. The office was formed in the years after the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, decided 50 years ago. Gideon's promise of equal justice for rich and poor alike remains one of the most important constitutional principles ever espoused. The singular promise -- that the quality of justice afforded to citizens should not depend on their financial means -- has resonated with Americans since the decision was written in 1963.
Yet, on this 50th Anniversary of Gideon, the Federal Defenders of New York, and offices like it around the country, are facing the most difficult challenges in the history of the federal defender program. Federal budget sequestration has resulted in steep cuts, greatly endangering the quality of justice in federal courts. Offices around the country are laying off and furloughing lawyers and staff, and cutting investigative and expert services. David Patton, the Executive Director of the Federal Defenders of New York, will discuss his office's work and the challenges faced by the budget crisis.
In 2008, Mr. Patton began teaching full time as an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Alabama. From 2010 to 2011, he was a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Stanford Law School where he founded the school’s first trial-level criminal defense clinic. Mr. Patton is also on the faculty of the Southern Public Defender Training Center, a non-profit dedicated to training new public defenders throughout the South. Among other publications, he is the author of Guns, Crime Control, and a Systemic Approach to Federal Sentencing, 32 Cardozo L. Rev. 1427 (2011).
Mr. Patton is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as an editor of the Virginia Law Review. He clerked for the Honorable Claude Hilton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Prior to joining the Federal Defenders in 2002, Mr. Patton was an associate at the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell
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