Case of a Lifetime, a Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Story

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Start Date: Aug 13 2008
Location: Sawyer Free Library



Case of a Lifetime, a Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Story

The Gloucester Lyceum will present a book talk with Gloucester summer resident Abbe Smith on Wednesday August 13th at 7 PM on the Main Floor of the Sawyer Free Library. Case of a Lifetime, a Criminal Defense Lawyers Story is a chilling account at the criminal justice system and how it really works. It is the gripping story of one lawyers efforts to vindicate a woman wrongly imprisoned for 28 years because of mistaken identification. Smith describes her decades long defense of an innocent client as she weaves other real life cases throughout as she describes the moral and ethical dilemmas of representing the guilty and the weighty burden of fighting for the innocent.

Ms. Smith, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Criminal Justice Clinic and E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship Program at Georgetown Law School, teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, legal ethics, and clinical legal education. She is the author of Understanding Lawyers Ethics (with Monroe H. Freedman). Smith began her career as a public defender and has been a criminal lawyer for more than 25 years.

Lyceum programs are free of charge and open to the public. For more information please call 978-281-9763 or visit the library website at www.sawyerfreelibrary.org.