2019 Winter Institute Review
Defending the Promise
Gideon's Promise welcomed over 300 public defense professionals to our 2019 Winter Institute: Defending the Promise from January 16-20, 2019 in Atlanta, GA. Seminars included a Trainer Development Conference, Leadership Summit, CORE 101, and an Alumni Program. Gideon's Promise uniquely goes beyond trial skills training and offers long-term support, mentorship and leadership development to public defense professionals who embrace our innovative approach to criminal justice reform.
We always welcome groundbreaking presentations and this year was no different. The founder of SV De-Bug and 2018 MacArthur 'Genius' Fellow, Raj Jayadev, delivered a riveting keynote address praising public defenders who embody Gideon's Promise's core values and practice client-centered representation. Check out a video of the presentation HERE.
There are now more resilient advocates in disenfranchised communities as the Class of 2016 graduated from our 3-year CORE 101 program. Gideon's Promise is proud to support the ongoing development of today's public defenders into tomorrow's justice reform leaders. During the graduation banquet, we were pleased to honor the following individuals for their outstanding efforts in amplifying public defense work and raising a voice for the voiceless in the legal system:
• JaKathryn Ross, Senior Director, Community Affairs at Georgia-Pacific - Ambassador Award
• Travis Bell, Assistant Public Defender at the Montgomery County Public Defender in Montgomery, AL - Ambassador Award
• Shawn Hoover, Southwest Georgia Conflict Defender for the Cordele Judicial Circuit in Cordele, GA - Foot Soldier Award
Check out a photo gallery and video from the 2019 Winter Institute below!