To honor Constitution Day, an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens, Legal Aid Foundation will host a screening of the film Gideon’s Trumpet starring Henry Fonda. The film depicts the story behind Gideon v. Wainwright, in which the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that criminal defendants have the right to an attorney even if they cannot afford it. Following the movie, there will a panel Discussion moderated by Judge Brian Hill that will focus on the state of the public defender system and whether the right to counsel for indigent defendants should be extended to certain types of civil matters. Panelists include: Retired California Appellate Court Justice Earl Johnson, Jr., Santa Barbara County Public Defender Raimundo Montes de Oca, UCSB Professor Gayle Binion, and Screenwriter and Producer David Rintels.

Tickets prices are: Attorneys for MCLE Credit (2.5 hours MCLE Credit Pending) – $35, General Public – $15, Students with ID – $10.

This event is supported in part by The Marjorie Luke Theatre’s Dreier Family Rent Subsidy Fund and Allan Ghitterman; additional Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Contact Jacqueline Hall at (805) 963-6754 x 101 for more information. Purchase tickets on line at upcoming events at

Proceeds benefit Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County whose mission is to provide legal services in order to ensure that low-income persons and seniors have access to the civil justice system in times of crisis – to secure safe, habitable shelter, adequate income, and protection from domestic violence and elder abuse.


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