Forensic Fridays

Forensic Fridays is a CLE and professional education series offered three to four times yearly both onsite and/or online to eligible professionals. Also open to the general public, programs in this series are approved by the Pennsylvania CLE Board for anywhere from 3 to 6 hours of Substantive and/or Ethics CLE credit, and are eligible for other professional continuing education credit as noted.

The Right to Counsel:
Safe or Under Siege?

in partnership with Duquesne University's McAnulty College of Graduate School of Liberal Arts and School of Law


Friday, April 16
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
ONLINE via Zoom

In the 1963 landmark case, Gideon v. Wainwright, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that free counsel for criminal defendants who cannot afford to hire attorneys is mandated upon the states by the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In subsequent rulings, the court has extended the right to free counsel from felony prosecutions to juvenile proceedings, and from trials alone to all "critical proceedings" after arrest.

But despite the expansive procedural rights afforded under law, are indigent criminal defendants today assured of receiving adequate representation? In states like Pennsylvania, where all public defender funding comes from county governments, is justice being uniformly delivered?
Have we, as a society followed or ignored the Supreme Court's mandate?

Please join our special guest - criminal defense attorney Jonathan Rapping, founder and president of the nonprofit Gideon's Promise - along with former Allegheny County Public Defender and Duquesne University Adjunct Professor of Forensic Science and Law Michael Machen, former Allegheny County Assistant District Attorney Finn Skovdal, former Chief Appellate Counsel for the Allegheny County Public Defender Suzanne Swan, and Duquesne University Professor of Law John Rago - as they explore such topics as the death penalty, the right to counsel at summary trials, and gender, ethnic and racial equity.

The Pennsylvania CLE Board has approved this course for 2 hours of Substantive and 1 hour of Ethics CLE credit.

With apologies, we regret to inform that this seminar has NOT been accredited for social workers.





Contact Us

Contact us at 412-396-1330 or
for more information or to register by phone or email.

Scholarships are available. Find out more.

Not in the Pittsburgh area?

Never fear - All our programs are offered ONLINE!
Just select the "Distance Learning" registration option.