Saint Leo University will present Constitution Day 2013 — Gideon v. Wainwright: Its Legacy Today, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Selby Auditorium at the main campus, 33701 State Road 52. 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 main entrance.
"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, dean emeritus and professor of law at Stetson University College of Law. Jacob represented Florida in this landmark 1963 Supreme Court case.
Constitution Day honors the day 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention who signed the United States Constitution, on Sept. 17, 1787.
Saint Leo University annually observes Constitution Day with a speaker or other special programming.