The San Francisco Public Defender is proud to present its 2013 Justice Summit

Gideon at 50:  The Road to Equal Justice

Cost: This event is free but registration is required. Register at

Keynote Speaker: Karen Houppert, author of Chasing Gideon, the Elusive Quest for Poor People’s Justice.

Panel I: The Elusive Quest for Poor People’s Justice

Panel II: Forced Treatment and Constitutional Rights: Can They Coexist?

Panel III: The Price of Liberty: Reforming the Bail System

Panelists and moderators

  • Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender
  • Karen Houppert, Author, Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest for Poor People’s Justice
  • Dawn Porter, Director/Producer, Gideon’s Army
  • Jonathan Rapping, Founder, Gideon’s Promise (formerly  Southern Public Defender Training Center)
  • Maurice Caldwell, Wrongfully Convicted of Murder
  • Linda Starr, Co-Founder, Northern California Innocence Project
  •  Wendy Still, Chief, San Francisco Adult Probation
  • John Diaz, Editorial Page Editor, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Kara Chien, Attorney Manager, Mental Health Unit, San Francisco Public Defender’s Office
  • Candy Dewitt, Parent, Laura’s Law Advocate
  • Dr. David Kan, Substance Abuse Treatment Expert, Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Deni McLagan, Associate Director, Serial Inebriate Program, City of San Diego
  • Greg Suhr, San Francisco Chief of Police
  • Dr. Gary Tsai, Psychiatrist, Laura’s Law Advocate
  • Matt Gonzalez, Chief Attorney, San Francisco Public Defender’s Office
  • Catherine McCracken, Director of Development and the Sentencing Service Program, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
  • Ross Mirkarimi, San Francisco Sheriff
  • George Gascón, San Francisco District Attorney
  • Will Leong, CEO, San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project
  • Jonathan Simon, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by Keker & Van Nest, Farella, Braun & Martel, Morrison & Foerster LLP, O’Brien & Associates, and Bar Association of San Francisco. 4.25  MCLE units earned.



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