Online Event: Jonathan Rapping: Gideon’s Promise

Online Event: Jonathan Rapping: Gideon's Promise


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice
12 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ, 08540, Mercer
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Online Event: Jonathan Rapping: Gideon’s Promise

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 – 7:00PM to 8:00PM

Jonathan is a nationally renowned criminal justice innovator who is the founder & president of Gideon’s Promise, a non-profit public defender organization whose mission is to transform the criminal justice system by building a movement of public defenders who provide equal justice for marginalized communities.

Since its inception in 2007, it has grown from a single training program for sixteen attorneys in two public defender offices in Georgia & Louisiana to a national enterprise with over 1,000 participants in 104 partner, statewide & affiliate public defender offices across 29 states & the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization’s initial three-year program for new public defenders has expanded into the only comprehensive program model that supports public defenders at all levels of their career.

In addition to Jonathan’s leadership of Gideon’s Promise, he is Professor of Law & Director of the Criminal Justice Certificate Program at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School & Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard University Law School & his work is the inspiration for the award-winning HBO documentary “Gideon’s Army.”

Tonite they will discuss in earnest his extraordinary book “Gideon’s Promise: A Public Defender Movement to Transform Criminal Justice” published by Beacon Press.

Join Jonathan & BRCSJ Chief Activist Robt Seda-Schreiber in virtual community-buildin’ conversation equally empowerin’ & entertainin’