Earn CLE, Learn about the Future of Public Defense in Memphis

Fifty-years ago, a Supreme Court decision sparked a transformation of the criminal justice system.

Today, an army of young public defenders is training to finish the job. Mark your calendar for May 29th & May 30th —  two-days that could open your eyes to the future of public defense in Memphis …  and across the country.

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Gideon’s Promise, a program that trains young public defenders working in the South, has chosen Memphis as a stop on its four city tour. Organizers are trying to raise awareness of the organization’s mission to revolutionize our country’s broken criminal defense system.

The tour includes New York City, Washington, D.C., Houston and Memphis.  Click here to read more about the work Gideon’s Promise is already doing in Memphis.

The founder of Gideon’s Promise, Jon Rapping, is hosting a social at Local Midtown on Thursday, May 29th from 6:00 – 8:30pm.

This event is free and open to the public, so please, invite your friends.

Whether it’s your colleagues in the legal community or friends interested in learning how a better public defense system can lead to a better Memphis, this social should be enlightening and fun.

You must RSVP to attend.  Please click the link here to RSVP.


The tour continues the next day, Friday, May 30th.  That’s when you’ll have an opportunity to pick up affordable CLE for viewing the award-winning documentary, ‘Gideon’s Army.’

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The Shelby County Public Defender’s office is proud to partner with Baker Donelson, the Memphis Bar Association, the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and Gideon’s Promise to bring this award-winning documentary to Memphis.  The film will be preceded by an esteemed panel — Shelby County Chief Public Defender Stephen Bush, Gideon’s Promise founder Jon Rapping and one of our office’s own Gideon’s Promise attorneys.

The CLE will be followed by a brief happy hour — complimentary food, beer and wine provided by Baker Donelson.

This informative afternoon will provide 2.5 hours of CLE for only $25.

When:  Friday, May 30th 2:30 – 6:00 pm

Where: University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Wade Auditorium

You can sign up online with the Memphis Bar Association here! 

Download this form to sign up for CLE