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“Knowing that someone believes in you makes you stronger”: The Gault at 50 Gala

by National Juvenile Defender Center
May 20, 2017 - Washington, DC
Executive Director Mary Ann Scali celebrates with the Gault at 50 Gala awardees, Patricia Puritz and Robert Listenbee.Executive Director Mary Ann Scali celebrates with the Gault at 50 Gala awardees, Patricia Puritz and Robert Listenbee.

The evening of May 15, 2017, the National Juvenile Defender Center hosted the Gault at 50 Gala at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. We’re grateful for the generosity of our attendees, donors, and sponsors whose contributions from near and far made the gala a success.

Our speakers and performers that evening — Master of Ceremonies Jarrett Adams, Keynote Speaker Adam Foss, and the Howard Gospel Choir — stirred a powerful energy that we hope will transform into action in the months ahead. We need you to continue to stand with, and for, children and juvenile defenders on the front lines of court.

The stories, the songs, and the inspiration we shared together are more than words — they’re a path forward to tip the scales of justice toward fairness and equity for children. And thankfully, our Gault at 50 awardees Patricia Puritz and Robert Listenbee, have already paved that path with such grace, vision, and leadership. Now it’s our turn to follow. Take a look at photos from the gala and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for future updates. Please also consider making a special donation in support of NJDC as we carry the momentum forward into the work that still awaits.

Gault Warrior

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Champion of Justice

Annie E. Casey Foundation 


Georgetown Law Center

Philip Inglima & Elizabeth Wieser

Murphy & McGonigle, PC 


Accounting and Management Services, LLC

Bank of America

Buckley Sandler LLP

Cooley LLP

Cozen O’Connor

Crowell & Moring LLP

Meghan DiPasquale

DLA Piper

John D. ‘Jay’ Elliott

Tom and Diane Geraghty

Kristin Henning

K&L Gates LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP

Lowenstein Sandler

Wallace Mlyniec &Abby Yochelson

Peter N.G. Schwartz Management Company

The Scali Family 

Lewis R. Steinberg & Elaine Mandelbaum

United Bank

Utah Juvenile Defender Attorneys

Jo-Ann Wallace


Central Juvenile Defender Center 

Catherine Clarke 

William H. Jeffress, Jr.

Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center 

Midwest Juvenile Defender Center

New England Juvenile Defender Center

Northeast Juvenile Defender Center

Christopher Northrop 

Pacific Juvenile Defender Center 

Kenneth Schmetterer

Southern Juvenile Defender Center

Southwest Juvenile Defender Center

Squire Patton Boggs LLP

Steven M. Salky

Jason Szanyi

Lisa Thurau

Whitney Untiedt

Western Juvenile Defender Center

John Wilson 

Howard and Jana Wolff

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