SAINT LEO – Saint Leo University will present Constitution Day 2013—Gideon v. Wainwright: Its Legacy Today—on Tuesday, September 17, at 7 p.m. in Selby Auditorium at University Campus, 33701 State Road 52, four miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 285). The program is free and open to the public, and refreshments will follow. Selby Auditorium is in Lewis Hall, immediately visible on the right just beyond the entry to University Campus.
“If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.” If you have ever heard these words, you are at least familiar with the 50-year legacy of the Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, which established that the poor have a right to counsel in felony cases. The guest speaker for the program will be Bruce Jacob, J.D., dean emeritus and professor of law, Stetson University College of Law. Mr. Jacob represented Florida in this landmark 1963 Supreme Court case.
About Constitution Day
Constitution Day honors the day 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution, on September 17, 1787.
Constitution Day, along with Independence Day and Presidents’ Day, is an important part of the cultural heritage of the United States of America. Saint Leo University annually observes Constitution Day with a speaker or other special programming.
More About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University (www.saintleo.edu) is one of the largest and most innovative Catholic universities in the United States, offering more than 40 academic programs.
Chartered in 1889 in the town of Saint Leo, FL, about 30 miles north of Tampa, Saint Leo University enrolls approximately 16,000 students. Students may choose to study at the traditional University Campus, at education centers in seven states, or through the university’s Center for Online Learning. Saint Leo is a leader in the field of online education and one of the nation’s foremost providers of higher education to the military.