September 17 marks the anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. The date is designated as a national day of observance and education surrounding the Constitution and U.S. Citizenship.
The Judicial Learning Center and the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in St. Louis will again partner with the Missouri Bar and HEC-TV to host the annual Constitution Day event. Participants from area high schools will have the opportunity to listen to a panel of experts, and engage in discussion with the panelists through questions.
The program this year is entitled “The Ongoing Impact of Gideon v. Wainwright.” 2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the U.S .Supreme Court case, Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963). The decision established that a defendant, pursuant to the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, has a fundamental right to legal counsel in a criminal trial and if the defendant cannot afford legal counsel, the trial court must appoint one.
Teachers and students can learn more about this timely topic, and celebrate Constitution Day, by using the following resources and lesson plans.
- “The Ongoing Impact of Gideon v. Wainwright Study Guide,” prepared by the Missouri Bar
- The 50th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright interactive web page, prepared by the Missouri Bar
- HEC-TV web page on “The Ongoing Impact of Gideon v. Wainwright“
- The U.S. Courts educational resources on “The Sixth Amendment: The Right to Counsel“
- The U.S. Courts Constitution Day web page
- The Judicial Learning Center lesson plan page with lessons about the U.S. Constitution