I became a Public Defender because of a promise. A promise manifested in the Sixth Amendment to the United States and Colorado Constitutions. A promise embodied in the 1963 Supreme Court decision Gideon v. Wainwright. A promise that no matter what, you are entitled to effective assistance of counsel, due process, and zealous legal representation.
I have always taken our nation’s promises very seriously. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, my parents and grandparents fought for this country to honor the promises made in its 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments. Living in the South, they tussled in the trenches of Jim Crow to desegregate schools, to empower indigent black communities, and to ensure access to the American dream for all citizens.