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Common Sense, Not Common Practice: Watch NJDC's Kim Dvorchak at TEDxFoggyBottom

In April, the National Juvenile Defender Center's Executive Director Kim Dvorchak took the stage at TEDxFoggyBottom to talk about children's constitutional right to an attorney in juvenile court. 

"America's juvenile courts were designed with good intentions. But in our system of justice, America's children need good lawyers. It's common sense, but not common practice," she said.

Gault at 50 Highlights #BackToSchool this August

Schools today can be more reflective of detention facilities than safe and welcoming sanctuaries for children. Instead of counselors, there are cops. Instead of mental health supports, there are handcuffs. And instead of mutual trust and mediation, there are metal detectors. School disciplinary policies in this climate have taken on a new edge with new consequences: pushing children out of school and into the juvenile court system. If you're interested in getting involved in the Gault at 50 Campaign and our August #BackToSchool efforts, please endorse our Statement of Principles, view our social media toolkit, or send us an email!

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NJDC and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Co-Publish Access to Counsel Policy Statement

In partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, we released "Honoring Gault: Ensuring Access to Counsel in Delinquency Proceedings," a policy statement to promote judicial leadership in fulfilling children's constitutional right to representation in juvenile court. 

"The recommendations that follow may be more difficult to implement in some jurisdictions than others. It is hoped that to the extent the recommendations cannot be fully implemented within your jurisdiction, they can at least set aspirational goals for changes in practice which, with leadership, could be closely implemented in the future."
North Carolina Defender Reflects on JTIP Summer Academy '16

Drew Kukorowski, a public defender for youth in Charlotte, North Carolina, attended our 3rd annual Summer Academy, a weeklong intensive training for juvenile defenders. In a guest blog post for the North Carolina Office of the Juvenile Defender, Kukorowski reflects on his experience:

"I was amazed at how different each state's juvenile delinquency system operates, and yet all of us face similar problems: the over-reliance on putting children, particularly children of color, in cages; the sacrifice of and often outright disrespect for constitutional and statutory rights in the name of efficiency and 'getting services'; and reluctance and distaste by juvenile court actors to incorporate recent Supreme Court jurisprudence into everyday practice. We were all able to share different strategies and tactics for overcoming these injustices. I returned to North Carolina with new ideas about how I can better represent my clients in juvenile court." 

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Have You RSVP'd to Our Gault at 50 Reception in Atlanta? 

Please join us in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 29, 2016, as we celebrate juvenile defenders from around the country and commemorate In re Gault, the 1967 landmark decision that gave children the right to counsel in juvenile court.  The reception will be held at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Guests are encouraged to explore the museum galleries, which trace the thread of justice from the American Civil Rights Movement to global fights against oppression and inequality--a poignant backdrop for a Gault at 50 gathering. 

September 16, 2016
Juvenile Defender Skills Training Workshop
Knox County Public Defender Community Law Office
Knoxville, TN

September 17, 2016
PJDC's 13th Annual Roundtable: Honoring Gault at 50
Pacific Juvenile Defender Center
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

September 21, 2016
Gault and Beyond: Ensuring Justice, Fairness, and Success for All Children in Our Juvenile Justice System
Delaware Criminal Justice Council & Office of Defense Services
Wilmington, DE

The Commercial Appeal,  July 27, 2016

The Pantagraph,  July 8, 2016

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