50 Years Ago #Gaultat50

  • From the National Juvenile Defender Center: 
FIFTY YEARS AGO ON DECEMBER 6, 1966, a young lawyer named Norman Dorsen forever changed juvenile
jurisprudence in America. Under marble columns in the ornate US Supreme Court Chamber, Mr. Dorsen argued
before the nine Justices that a 15-year-old boy, Gerald “Jerry” Gault, was as deserving of his due process rights as
any adult.
       “THE RIGHT WE BELIEVE IS REQUIRED BY THE CONSTITUTION IS THE RIGHT TO ASSIGN COUNSEL…”
Jerry was sentenced to serve nearly six years in a state industrial school for allegedly making a prank phone call in
1964. When faced with the “awesome prospect” of incarceration, Jerry did not receive any rights or protections. He
appealed and his case made it to the US Supreme Court, where it was argued on this day in 1966.
Join the National Juvenile Defender Center in commemorating the 50th anniversary by listening to the audio of the In
re Gault oral argument and sharing it with local decision-makers, juvenile court stakeholders, and colleagues. This is
an historic opportunity to remind the justice community why children must have effective lawyers in juvenile court.
Access to justice is not a luxury; it’s a constitutional right!
Listen to the audio here.
  • From the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense: 

In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the In re Gault decisions, the 2017 ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense (SCLAID) Summit on Public Defense will focus, in part, on juvenile defense.  The Summit will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Miami-Dade College in Miami, Florida.  For more information on the Summit line-up or to register, please visit the ABA website at:

http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_aid_indigent_defendants/initiatives/indigent_defense_systems_improvement/indigent_defense_summit/summit_schedule.html.

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Camille Van Kote

About Camille Van Kote

Camille Van Kote is a third year student at the University of Houston Law Center. She graduated from Barnard College in 2012. As an undergraduate, she worked as an AmeriCorps member for Jumpstart for Young Children. She was also involved with the Columbia Child Rights Group, where she spearheaded various campus-wide events, including film screenings, conferences and fundraisers, to promote awareness on children’s issues. She interned at Tahirih Justice Center and Kids in Need of Defense, working with courageous women and unaccompanied minors fleeing violence. This past summer, she interned at the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights, an NGO advocating for sexual and reproductive rights as human rights.

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