Excellence in Ethics First Place Winner for 2019

By: Alexander Albert The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees to criminal defendants a set of fundamental rights intended to promote the fairness of criminal prosecutions. Among these entitlements possessed by any defendant are the “right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury”; the right “to be informed of the […]

Second Place Excellence in Ethics Scholarship Winner 2019

By Jennifer Grecco I have, through academic and work settings, seen firsthand the positive outcomes that pro-bono I have, through academic and work settings, seen firsthand the positive outcomes that pro-bono work has done for the criminal justice system. And, I was first confronted with this realization as a young girl, inquisitive and curious to learn. I had […]

First Place, Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., Excellence in Ethics Scholarship

By: Hope Goodman Our society and the legal system that dictates it have reached a crossroads. Funds needed to afford legal services continue to diminish as conditions that birth poverty persist and the income gap widens. But, the need for legal services within the most vulnerable communities in the United States continues to grow. Current […]

Pro Bono – For the People by Stephanie Javarauckas

When one becomes an attorney, they take on a heavy burden: protect the interests of the people. Unlike some terms, Black’s Law Dictionary does not denote any populations to be excluded from the term “people,” nor should any attorney go out of the way to exclude an individual from receiving representation. Thus, those who cannot […]

Pro Bono Attorneys: Preserving the Framers While Serving the Public

by Cristina Drakeford On Mar 18, 1963, in a 9-0 majority ruling for the case Gideon V. Wainwright, the Supreme Court decided that the sixth amendment applied to state courts. This made it a requirement that defendants in criminal cases that could not afford counsel would have one appointed to them (“Gideon v. Wainwright”). Now, […]