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School of Law Constitution Day Program: 'The Public Defender Crisis'

Monday, 18 September, 2017

Saint Louis University School of Law will host a Constitution Day program at noon on Monday, Sept. 18, in Scott Hall room 1122.

Join St. Louis public defender Mary Fox and ACLU director Tony Rothert to discuss the current crisis in public defender funding in Missouri, including the current class action against the state for violating the Sixth Amendment, as well as details about the public defender docket and the vital role that public defenders play in our criminal justice system.

Tony Rothert (Law '96, Grad A&S '93), legal director of the ACLU-MO since January 2006, oversees the legal program's advocacy and litigation efforts on civil liberties issues. Prior to joining the ACLU, Rothert spent six years as the staff attorney for the Legal Advocacy Service of the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission, providing representation in the trial and appellate courts to persons alleged to be subject to involuntary hospitalization or involuntary treatment with psychotropic medication or ECT. He also worked as an assistant state's attorney in Madison County State's Attorney's Office in Edwardsville, Illinois, and for Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation. He holds a Juris Doctorate, Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts degrees from Saint Louis University, where he received multiple honors, including 1992 Eastern Missouri MSW Student of the Year and admission to Phi Beta Kappa.