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Jun 9, 2017 - Washington, DC

DOJ’s Office for Access to Justice Welcomes Juvenile Defenders on 50th Anniversary of Gault

by National Juvenile Defender Center

On the morning of the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision In re Gault, the National Juvenile Defender Center participated in the Juvenile Right to Counsel Meeting, hosted by the Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice. Mary Ann Scali, NJDC’s executive director, joined a panel discussion with colleagues Kim Tandy of the Children’s Law Center in Kentucky, Stephen Bush of the Shelby County Public Defender in Tennessee,…

May 30, 2017 - Washington, DC

NJDC & Georgetown Law Co-Host Symposium on Race and Juvenile Justice

by National Juvenile Defender Center
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On May 16, 2017, the National Juvenile Defender Center and Georgetown Law’s Juvenile Justice Initiative co-hosted The Right to Remain Children: Race and Juvenile Justice 50 Years After Gault. While states fail to meet their constitutional obligation to fulfill due process rights for all children, youth of color in particular are disproportionately policed, arrested, and denied access to justice. The symposium featured a lineup of innovative speakers who covered topics…

May 20, 2017 - Washington, DC

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

by National Juvenile Defender Center
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…

May 15, 2017 -

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Fifty Years After Landmark Decision, No State Fulfills Children’s Constitutional Right to Counsel

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 15, 2017 Contact: Sarah Edwards Development & Communications Mgr. sedwards@njdc.info 202-452-0010 ext 103 (office) 314-494-5348 (cell)   Fifty Years After Landmark Decision, No State Fulfills Children’s Constitutional Right to Counsel WASHINGTON, DC — A new report released by the National Juvenile Defender Center on the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that affirmed children’s right to counsel reveals that nearly every state falls short of…

Jan 26, 2017 - Washington, DC

In the Words of Dr. King

by National Juvenile Defender Center

Dear Colleagues: Fifty-four years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested and imprisoned in Birmingham, Alabama, for marching in violation of a sweeping circuit court injunction against parading, boycotting, and picketing. Dr. King’s actions were publicly condemned by white clergy leaders who called the civil rights demonstrations “unwise and untimely.” In the margins of his newspaper and on torn scraps of paper, Dr. King penned a response. Today, his words…

Jan 6, 2017 - Washington, DC

Happy New Year from the NJDC Board of Directors

by National Juvenile Defender Center

Dear Colleagues: As we enter the New Year poised to take on new challenges and build on our past successes, the National Juvenile Defender Center Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mary Ann Scali has accepted our appointment as NJDC’s Executive Director.  Mary Ann has led the organization for several months as acting executive director, drawing upon her vast experience during her sixteen years as NJDC’s deputy director…

Jan 3, 2017 - Washington, DC

Mandatory Transfer of Juveniles to Adult Courts Found Unconstitutional in Ohio

by National Juvenile Defender Center
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Dear Colleagues, On December 22, 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the mandatory transfer of juveniles to common pleas courts (i.e. adult criminal courts) violates juveniles’ right to due process as guaranteed by the Ohio Constitution. State v. Aalim. Matthew Aalim was represented by NJDC Consultant Amanda Powell, with amicus support from NJDC, Juvenile Law Center, and many others. Building on U.S. Supreme Court precedent The Court cited U.S. Supreme Court decisions…

Nov 23, 2016 -

“Every day let’s change the lives of children:” A Recap of the 20th Annual Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit

by National Juvenile Defender Center
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Last month, the National Juvenile Defender Center hosted our 20th Annual Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. We brought together nearly 500 juvenile defenders — our largest group yet! — for three days of training, networking, and inspiration around our work to promote justice for all children by ensuring excellence in juvenile defense. Acting Executive Director Mary Ann Scali opened Summit with a call to action for attendees from nearly all 50…

Nov 23, 2016 - Washington, DC

Attorney General Loretta Lynch Delivers Remarks on Juvenile Defense

by National Juvenile Defender Center
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At our 20th Annual Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit last month, Attorney General Loretta Lynch provided video remarks to express her appreciation for juvenile defenders and those on the front lines who are working to uphold children’s rights in court. She also affirmed her commitment — and that of the Department of Justice — to ensure access to counsel, and access to justice, for all children facing prosecution. Watch the Video or read the full transcript…

Nov 14, 2016 - Washington, DC

NJDC Releases New Report, Lays Out Roadmap to Fulfill Children’s Rights in Court

by National Juvenile Defender Center
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Dear Friends, Today, the National Juvenile Defender Center released a new report on an open secret in America’s juvenile courts: children are routinely denied access to lawyers, or receive representation so inadequate that it provides little protection. Defend Children: A Blueprint for Effective Juvenile Defender Services details how children are arrested, prosecuted, and too often incarcerated without attorneys at their side. Youth, and disproportionately youth of color, are swept into…