On September 23, 2013, The UDC David A. Clarke School of Law presented a new book event: essay readings and a discussion of How Can You Represent Those People with co-authors Angela Davis, Professor of Law, Amer. Univ. Washington College of Law; Vida Johnson, Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown Law; David Singleton, Director, Ohio Justice & Policy Center; and Abbe Smith, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law. The panel was moderated by Shelley Broderick, Dean, UDC Clarke School of Law.
The book is the first-ever collection of essays offering a response to the "Cocktail Party Question” asked of every criminal lawyer: how do you represent guilty criminals?
Contributing authors are some of the most experienced lawyers and teachers in the country: Barbara Babcock, Paul Butler, Tucker Carrington, Angela Davis, Alan Dershowitz, Monroe Freedman, Vida Johnson, Joseph Margulies, William Montross, Ann Roan, Meghan Shapiro, David Singleton, Abbe Smith, Robin Steinberg, Michael Tigar, and Alice Woolley. It is a must-buy for lawyers, law students, and anyone interested in crime, punishment, race, poverty, and the motivations of criminal lawyers.
The Co-authors conducted short readings of their essays - an open discussion followed.
"When I was a criminal defense lawyer I was asked "The Question” so many times I got sick of it. It takes an essay to fully answer, and this book has 15 brilliant ones. Some of the essays are laugh-out-loud funny, others deeply moving. Read them all and you’ll understand why everyone – guilty or innocent, you or me – is entitled to a good lawyer.” - John Grisham
The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law,www.law.udc.edu, is among the nation's most racially, ethnically, class and age-diverse law schools. Its minimum of 740 hours of clinical public interest legal service - a sum exceeded by most of its students - is clear evidence that the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law is America's preeminent public interest law school.