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Jonathan Rapping, Founder and President of Gideon’s Promise, formerly the Southern Public Defender Training Center, will guest lecture: “Social Justice: It’s More Than a Career, It’s a Calling!” on Thursday, January 4th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm in Pound 101. This lecture will be held in conjunction with the Criminal Justice Institute’s Defense Theory and Practice seminar. All are welcome.
Mr. Rapping is also an Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the Honors Program in Criminal Justice at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. He is currently on leave from teaching to serve as the Director of Strategic Planning and Organizational Development for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.
Prior to founding Gideon’s Promise, Rapping was the Chief of Training for the Orleans Public Defenders and has been instrumental in the rebuilding of that office in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Before joining the Orleans Public Defenders, he was the first Training Director for the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council. In that capacity he developed the GPDSC Honors Program, designed to recruit young public defenders to offices throughout the state and to provide them with the training and support needed to help transform indigent defense representation in those jurisdictions. Prior to that, he was the Training Director for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Rapping has designed training programs and supervised new lawyers for the past thirteen years. He had been a public defender for twelve years prior to joining the faculty at JMLS and occasionally continues to represent indigent clients in the South. He has tried a wide variety of cases, both adult and juvenile and has represented clients charged with offenses ranging from misdemeanors to capital murder. Rapping also currently serves as a Lecturer on Law at the Harvard Law School and was previously an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Georgetown University. He continues to design and participate in training programs for public defenders across the country and routinely presents at conferences nationwide.