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Street Law, Inc.

Over 40 years of educating about law, democracy, and human rights

Webinar: Chasing Gideon

Tuesday, September 10, 6-7 PM (Eastern)
Registration Period
23 August - 10 September 13
Your computer or tablet

Just in time for Constitution Day, join Street Law, Inc. and a guest expert for a one-hour professional development session about the Supreme Court case of Gideon v. Wainwright and current challenges in American indigent defense systems.

The session will feature a new lesson plan based on the book Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest for Poor People’s Justice, by Karen Houppert.

We’ll explore the ways in which jurisdictions comply with the Gideon requirement that the state provide an attorney to people who have been charged with a serious crime and cannot afford to hire counsel. The session will include modeling an interactive portion of the lesson plan and a discussion of effective techniques for teaching about indigent defense.

This webinar and lesson plan is intended for use by high school social studies and language arts teachers. 

Questions? Contact Allison Hawkins at

This professional development session and lesson plan are sponsored by The New Press. 


Program Info

Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers

Since it began in 1995, the Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers has brought together over 1,200 teachers from across the country to convene in Washington, D.C., for six days of educational activities related to teaching about the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Institute is co-sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society. Read more

How to Register

  1. Click the "Register online now!" button above
  2. Complete and submit the registration form. You will receive an email confirming your registration along with the url needed to join the webinar.

Technical Details

  1. The webinar will be hosted on Adobe Connect. You will need an internet connected computer/tablet and phone to access and participate in the webinar. 
  2. To join the audio portion of the meeting, you will have the option to call into a toll-free number or have the conference call you.
  3. If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before, please test your connection prior to participation
  4. You don't need to download any Adobe software to participate. Learn more about Adobe Connect.


Questions? Contact Allison Hawkins at

The New Press

For over twenty years The New Press has published books based on their merits rather than their commercial value. New Press books focus on underrepresented voices and new and neglected audiences. Like the Public Broadcasting System and National Public Radio, The New Press aims to provide ideas and viewpoints overlooked in the mass media.

A not-for-profit, public-interest publisher, The New Press commissions and publishes books on topics including criminal justice, education, national security, civil liberties, the environment, labor, racial justice, and immigration, aiming to promote and enrich public discussion and understanding of the issues vital to our democracy and to a more equitable world.