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Preserving the Sixth Amendment
Thursday, November 19, 2020, 1:30 PM until 3:00 PM
"Preserving the Sixth Amendment: Practical Considerations, Constitutional Challenges, and Lessons Learned"
As the criminal legal system explores ways to resume court proceedings, judges, witnesses, and parties are faced with balancing a myriad of competing needs. Efforts to protect public health and safety while also protecting core constitutional rights and the adversarial system are raising questions about matters at the very core of the Sixth Amendment. Moderated by Professor Andrea Roth (UC Berkeley Law) panelists Sherry Boston (District Attorney, DeKalb County, GA), Martín Sabelli (Law Offices of Martín Sabelli, San Francisco, CA) and Circuit Court Judge Annie O’Connell (Louisville, KY) will discuss in today’s environment, the legal and practical definitions of what it means to confront a witness, what makes a trial public, and what is needed to ensure an accused is receiving the effective assistance of counsel.