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Gault at 50 Gala

May 15, 2017 - Washington, D.C.


Join the National Juvenile Defender Center on May 15, 2017, for a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of In re Gault, the Supreme Court decision that affirmed children’s right to counsel in juvenile court. As a community, we will honor the progress our country has made since the landmark 1967 decision and chart the course forward to protect children’s civil and due process rights.

Tickets for the gala cost $175 for general admission and $125 for nonprofit and public defender attendees.

Cocktails: 6 pm

Dinner & Program: 7:15 pm

We’re honored to recognize Robert L. Listenbee, Former Administrator of the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and Patricia Puritz, Founder and Former Executive Director of the National Juvenile Defender Center, for their steadfast zeal, vision, and persistence in building a dedicated community of juvenile defenders.

We’re also thrilled to welcome the Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University for a special performance.

View the full invitation or RSVP now!


Interested in supporting the Gault at 50 Gala and the evening’s awardees? Please see below for sponsorship and giving opportunities.

Sponsorship Levels

Learn how each sponsor will be recognized for their generous contribution by reviewing our sponsorship levels.

Gault Warrior – $25k +
Champion of Justice – $10k – $25k
Defender – $5k – $9,999
Ally – $1k – $4,999
Friend – $500 – $999

Interested in sponsoring? Please do so here

Business Ad

If your company would like to advertise in the event program, sizing and costs for the ads are:

Full Page (8″ x 11″) – $1,500
Half Page (8″ x 5.375″) – $750
Quarter Page (3.5″ x 5.375″) – $500
Business Card (3.5″ x 2″) – $200

Interested in purchasing a business ad? Please fill out the business ad form and email it to

Community Ad

If you’re a member of the community of defenders and nonprofit advocates, you can purchase a community ad to feature anything from a congratulatory message to the awardees to information about your office or organization. Sizing and costs for the ads are:

Full Page (8″ x 11″) – $500
Half Page (8″ x 5.375″) – $250
Quarter Page (3.5″ x 5.375″) – $150
Business Card (3.5″ x 2″) – $75

Interested in purchasing a community ad? Please fill out the community ad form and email it to


You can also make a donation in support of our work.

We’re so grateful for your commitment to upholding children’s rights in juvenile court.


Gault at 50 Statement of Principles 

We hope you’ll sign on to the National Juvenile Defender Center’s Gault at 50 Statement of Principles, our five-point vision for ensuring every child has an effective attorney in America’s juvenile courts.

Sign on to the Gault at 50 Statement of Principles today!


Please Join NJDC and Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Clinic for a Symposium on Race and Juvenile Justice on Tuesday, May 16

On the day after the Gault at 50 Gala, join NJDC and the Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Clinic as we continue the movement to fulfill the promise of Gault with a symposium at Georgetown University Law Center. “The Right to Remain Children: Race and Juvenile Justice 50 Years after Gault” is an interdisciplinary workshop for juvenile justice practitioners that will provide attendees with concrete strategies to address and overcome racial disparities in juvenile court. Learn more.

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