The Legal Aid Society released the following statement on the third anniversary of National Public Defense Day and 55th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright.
“March 18th marks the Third Annual National Public Defense Day and the 55th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright. We stand with public defenders throughout the nation in celebrating the constitutional right to counsel and the advocacy we do on behalf of clients. For 142 years, The Legal Aid Society has provided a voice for New Yorkers without a voice, has fought to reform broken systems that create injustice, and guarantee due process for New Yorkers who depend on us.
Every day — 365 days a year — our dedicated staff of 2000 people make the promise established in Gideon a reality in courtrooms and communities throughout New York City with their excellence, dedication, and compassion. Now more than ever we need to stand steadfast for justice, fairness and equity.”