Call-for-papers: “Gideon v. Wainwright & The Right to the Assistance of Counsel”

Call For Papers: Gideon v. Wainwright & The Right to the Assistance of Counsel

In the fall of 2013, the University of Iowa College of Law and the Iowa Law Review will hold a Symposium to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Gideon v. Wainwright (1963). The precise date of the symposium has not yet been decided, but it is expected that it will be held between the beginning of October and the middle of November. The symposium is inspired by a half-century of experience with the Warren Court’s groundbreaking decision to expand indigent defendants’ right to state-appointed legal assistance. Although the event has been prompted by Gideon’s ruling regarding appointed assistance, the planners anticipate and hope that the scholarly papers and presentations will address an wide array of subjects surrounding the scope, meaning, substance, or efficacy of the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment rights to retained or appointed legal assistance. Both legal and nonlegal (e.g., social science) scholarship related to these topics is welcome. Papers may be theoretical/analytical and/or doctrinal in character or may be based on empirical research about the effect of Gideon on the administration of criminal justice.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Those interested in participating should submit a one-paragraph summary of the paper they will present and a two-page abstract that outlines the structure and content of the paper in more detail. The deadline for submission of proposals is December 15, 2012. Rough manuscripts will be due two weeks before the date of the symposium. Final drafts of symposium papers, which will be published in the Iowa Law Review, will be due shortly after the symposium, by a deadline that will be established by editors of the Review. Papers should be between 5,000 and 15,000 words in length. Submissions may be mailed to:

Professor James J. Tomkovicz
University of Iowa College of Law
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

or may be sent by email to: Inquiries about the symposium should be addressed to Professor Tomkovicz at the same email address.

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