Jon Rapping

Jonathan Rapping, former public defender with the District of Columbia Public Defender Service, who ” moved from Washington, D.C. to Atlanta, because he found the injustice within our criminal justice system – particularly in the South – to be unacceptable.” In 2007, Rapping founded Gideon’s Promise and began an initiative to “change the public defense culture across America by grooming a generation of public defenders – many of whom are often so overwhelmed by crushing caseloads that they are unable to provide their clients the representation the Constitution demands – to rise up and fight against the injustice within our justice system.”  Rapping, considered a leading criminal justice innovator, was designated a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellow in 2014. Professor Rapping received a J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law, an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a B.A. from the University of Chicago. He is currently a Professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.