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Learn more about  the Gault at 50 Campaign launch and Statement of Principles, an unforgettable night at the JusticeAid benefit concert, and efforts to promote specialized juvenile defense practice.
Gault at 50 Launch - Robert L. Listenbee_ Kim Dvorchak_ Jim St. Germain_ and Roy L. Austin_ Jr.
Gault at 50 Launch Expert Panel (L to R): Robert L. Listenbee, Kim Dvorchak, Jim St. Germain, and Roy L. Austin, Jr.
Gault  at 50 Campaign Kicks Off

On Monday, May 16, NJDC started a year-long campaign to commemorate the 50th anniversary of  In re Gault , the U.S. Supreme Court decision that gave children the right to an attorney in juvenile court .

Special thanks to our hosts, the Public Welfare Foundation, and to our panel of experts: Roy L. Austin, Jr., Deputy Assistant to the President and Director, Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity in the White House, Domestic Policy Council; Robert L. Listenbee, Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and Jim St. Germain, Board Member, National Juvenile Defender Center, and Co-Founder, Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow, Inc.
Endorse the  Gault  at 50 Statement of Principles

The Gault at 50 Campaign seeks to ensure that every child has an effective attorney in America's juvenile courts.  To that end, the Campaign is grounded in these five principles:
  • Every child should be provided a juvenile defense attorney at the earliest possible moment.
  • Every child should be automatically eligible for a publicly funded juvenile defense attorney.
  • A child's juvenile defense attorney should represent the child throughout the time the child is under the jurisdiction or supervision of the juvenile justice system, from arrest through post-disposition, which may include incarceration, probation, and/or parole, related appeals, and reentry.
  • Every juvenile defense attorney must receive specialized training and support to be an effective advocate for children.
  • Publicly funded defense systems must provide the necessary training, leadership, funding, tools, and resources to develop juvenile defenders with specialized knowledge and expertise.
Dozens of organizations and individuals have already endorsed the Gault at 50 Statement of Principles:

Gault at 50 Statement of Principles Endorsements as of May 10, 2016

JusticeAid: A Star-Studded Night for Children's Rights

JusticeAid Concert Collage
JusticeAid Highlights (clockwise from top L): Ozomatli, NJDC Executive Director Kim Dvorchak, 
Big Tony & Trouble Funk, and CFSY Director Jody Kent Lavy

On Sunday, May 15, over 1,000 children's rights supporters and music lovers gathered at Washington DC's historic Lincoln Theatre to support the National Juvenile Defender Center and the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth.

All of us at NJDC wish to thank JusticeAid for giving us this unique opportunity, Ozomatli and Big Tony & Trouble Funk for headlining the show and rocking the house, the Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth for being a great partner for the event, the Lincoln Theatre for hosting the concert, and every person who attended and made the night so special.
NJDC in the News
The Pew Charitable Trusts
The Pew Charitable Trusts recently reported on what's being done in Massachusetts, California, and Nevada to promote specialization of juvenile defense practice by public defender offices.   NJDC's Tim Curry contributed to this article.
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange -
If you missed the  Gault at 50 Campaign launch, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) has a helpful summary of the event and the speakers' insights on the future of juvenile justice.
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