“The Right to Counsel in Criminal Cases: Still a National Crisis?,” an article co-authored by OU Law Professor Mary Sue Backus and William and Mary Law School Professor Paul Marcus, is slated for fall publication in Volume 86 of the George Washington Law Review.
The article revisits a piece Backus and Marcus wrote a decade ago about the crisis in indigent defense. It was part of the 2017 George Washington Law Review Symposium, “The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society: 50 Years Later.”
The full article will be published this fall. For now, here’s the article abstract:
In 1963, Gideon v. Wainwright dramatically changed the landscape of criminal justice with its mandate that poor criminal defendants are entitled to legal representation. As scholars and practitioners have noted repeatedly over more than 50 years, states have generally failed to provide the equal access Gideon promised. This article revisits the questions raised by the authors over a decade ago when they asserted that a genuine national crisis exists regarding the right to counsel in criminal cases for poor people. Sadly, despite a few isolated instances where litigation has sparked some progress, the issues remain the same: persistent underfunding and crushing caseloads, with little support from the Supreme Court to remedy ineffective assistance claims, means that our patchwork system of public defense for the poor remains disturbingly dysfunctional.
More News & Media
OU Law Students Selected as Stevens
NORMAN, OKLA. – Six OU Law students have been awarded the prestigious Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship. Each will receive $6,000 for summer public interest work in...
OU Law Alumnus Samuel Merchant Selected as Supreme Court Fellow
Samuel Merchant,’16, University of Oklahoma College of Law alumnus and Oklahoma City native, has been selected as a 2022-2023 Supreme Court Fellow, according to an announcement by the Supreme...
OU Law to Honor Five Outstanding Alumni at Order of the Owl Hall of Fame Ceremony
The University of Oklahoma College of Law will honor five outstanding alumni at its annual Order of the Owl Hall of Fame Ceremony, Thursday, March 12. The Order of the Owl recognizes OU Law graduates who demonstrate leadership and service through outstanding accomplishments in their legal careers.