Sara Mayeux is an is an associate professor of law at Vanderbilt University, and author of Free Justice.
Sara Mayeux is the author of Free Justice: A History of the Public Defender in Twentieth-Century America, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2020. Free Justice explores the rise, both in the idea and practice, of the public defender throughout the 20th Century. More than just a strict legal history of the profession, Dr. Mayeux’s work looks beyond the confines of the courtroom or law firm to explore how the public defender was representative of changing ideas of not just law, but American identity. Free Justice expands our knowledge of how and why public defenders became as ubiquitous as they are today.Dr. Mayeux is an Associate Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sara Mayeux is the author of Free Justice: A History of the Public Defender in Twentieth-Century America, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2020. Free Justice explores the rise, both in the idea and practice, of the public defender throughout the 20th Century. More than just a strict legal history of the profession, Dr. Mayeux’s work looks beyond the confines of the courtroom or law firm to explore how the public defender was representative of changing ideas of not just law, but American identity. Free Justice expands our knowledge of how and why public defenders became as ubiquitous as they are today.Dr. Mayeux is an Associate Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sara Mayeux is the author of Free Justice: A History of the Public Defender in Twentieth-Century America, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2020. Free Justice explores the rise, both in the idea and practice, of the public defender throughout the 20th Century. More than just a strict legal history of the profession, Dr. Mayeux’s work looks beyond the confines of the courtroom or law firm to explore how the public defender was representative of changing ideas of not just law, but American identity. Free Justice expands our knowledge of how and why public defenders became as ubiquitous as they are today.Dr. Mayeux is an Associate Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Sara Mayeux, Associate Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School, discusses her book "Free Justice: A History of the Public Defender in Twentieth-Century America," which is published by the University of North Carolina Press. Mayeux begins by describing the origins of the modern concept of the public defender in the Gilded Era. She explains how and why the idea was rejected, and how it was revived decades later. She also reflects on what the history of indigent criminal defense can tell us about the law as an institution and an ideology. Mayeux is on Twitter at @saramayeux.This episode was hosted by Brian L. Frye, Spears-Gilbert Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Frye is on Twitter at @brianlfrye. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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3 hours, 52 minutes
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