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Upcoming Event Will Mark the 50th Anniversary of the Criminal Justice Act of 1964

The Law Library of Congress and the Federal Bar Association (FBA) Criminal Law Section are co-hosting an event to mark a year-long commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Criminal Justice Act of 1964. This landmark legislation secured the 6th Amendment right to counsel in federal court.

The event will begin with remarks by David Mao, Law Librarian of Congress; Geoffrey T. Cheshire, Chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section; James R. Silkenat, President-Elect of the American Bar Association; and the Honorable Gustavo Gelpi, Jr., President-Elect of the Federal Bar Association. A panel discussion, The Criminal Justice Act at 50 – The Past, Present, and Future of the Right to Counsel in the Federal Courts, will follow. Moderated by Mr. Cheshire, the distinguished panel will include Norman L. Reimer, Executive Director, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Thomas Giovanni, Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law; and Cait Clark, Assistant Director for Defender Services, Administrative Office of the United States Courts.

After the program, James Martin, Senior Legal Information Analyst,  will be on hand to guide guests through a collection of rare items from the Law Library’s collections, including notable American trials and landmark legislation, and the history of legal education.

The event will take place on Tuesday, August 20 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Library of Congress, James Madison Memorial Building, Montpelier Room (6th Floor, Yellow Corridor), 101 Independence Ave, SE Washington, DC 20540. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to [email protected] if you plan to attend.

This event was made possible with the support of the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, the Brennan Center for Justice, and the Constitution Project. We hope you can join us!


  1. Stardra White
    August 19, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Please register Stardra White for this FBA criminal law section.

  2. Jeanine Cali
    August 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Thank you for your interest in our event. We sent your request to [email protected].

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