- 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
“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.
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: