Gault at 50 Celebrates #JusticeForAll
Our history has taught us that in the absence of rights, there is an absence of justice. This July, Gault at 50 is honoring #JusticeForAll. That means fulfilling the promise of our nation and the constitutional rights we're endowed--especially rights for children. If you're interested in getting involved, please endorse our Statement of Principles, view our social media toolkit, or send us an email!
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New Resource: The Gault at 50 Campaign Toolkit 

Juvenile defenders live the promise of Gault every day. But far too many people in America are unaware that in our system of "justice," children are often denied their constitutional right to an attorney in juvenile court. Gault at 50 is a public awareness campaign: we are building a coalition of Gault ambassadors, both within the juvenile justice field and outside of it, to demand justice for youth and bring the issue of children's indigent defense into the national dialogue around juvenile justice reform, civil rights, and racial justice. The purpose of this toolkit is to provide a roadmap for localizing the Gault campaign and the issue of children's access to counsel. It includes resources such as social media messaging, a sample press release, and a sample outreach email to encourage partners to sign onto the Statement of Principles. Spread the word on Gault in your town or state: it's time to fulfill the promise!

2016 JTIP Summer Academy 

This June marked the third annual Summer Academy, a collaboration between Georgetown Law and the National Juvenile Defender Center. Forty-two frontline juvenile defense attorneys were selected to engage in seven days of intensive, interactive juvenile defense training focused on constitutional law, trial skills, and advocacy to better serve their clients through the entirety of the case. The lessons are pulled directly from our Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) curriculum, which covers issues such as role of counsel, adolescent development, racial and ethnic disparities, and probation revocation hearings. During the week, attendees and faculty visited the US Supreme Court for a ceremonial reading of In re Gault on the building's front steps. 

Gault at 50 Atlanta Reception

Please join us in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 29, 2016, as we celebrate juvenile defenders from around the country and commemorate 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. 
Victories From the Field: Delaware 

Delaware's Office of Defense Services, along with a coalition of criminal justice groups, helped pass several pieces of important legislation in 2016. Under the new laws, children will no longer be shackled indiscriminately; the process of obtaining an expungement will be easier in some instances; every child requesting legal representation will be deemed eligible for appointed counsel; and civil citation, a new pre-arrest diversion program, will be available for first-time youth offenders for certain minor offenses. Congratulations to the defenders and advocates in Delaware for their tireless efforts and huge success in improving the state's juvenile justice system! For more information on the Office of Defense Services, click the link below. 

August 5, 2016
Fulfilling the Promise of Gault: Due Process and Effective Advocacy for Youth in the 21st Century
American Bar Association
San Francisco, CA 

September 16, 2016
Juvenile Defender Skills Training Workshop
Knox County Public Defender Community Law Office
Knoxville, TN
The Pantagraph,  July 8, 2016

The Appleton Post-Crescent,  July 7, 2016

The Baltimore Sun,  July 4, 2016

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