The Citizens Advisory Committee for the Albemarle-Charlottesville Public Defender Office will present the 2013 Clarence Earl Gideon Award to Charlottesville Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire.
The award will be presented for the first time in 2013, in the 50th anniversary year of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Gideon v. Wainwright, finding that assistance of counsel is a fundamental right essential to a fair trial and that the Sixth Amendment guarantees this right to indigent defendants.
The award recognizes a leader in the community, other than a defender, whose work acknowledges the critical role the public defense function plays in ensuring equal justice, and who personally contributes in a significant way to the enhancement of human dignity and quality of life of citizens unable to afford legal representation.
The award will be presented at a public ceremony on May 30, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. in Charlottesville Circuit Court. A reception will be held in the courtroom lobby immediately following the ceremony.