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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 the Campaign 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!

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Questions or Thoughts?

Press and Media Inquiries:
Sarah Edwards
Development and Communications Manager
sedwards@njdc.info

Campaign Inquiries:
Christina Gilbert
Staff Attorney and Policy Counsel
cgilbert@njdc.info

In re Gault was a giant step forward for the rights of children. Yet, due to inconsistent enforcement and lack of awareness, the due process rights of our children in delinquency court are not protected. We’ve come a long way, but we have a long way to go.

1million

juvenile delinquency cases each year

31

states have no laws saying how young is too young to prosecute a child

21

states do not restrict shackling of children in juvenile court

33

states do not allow jury trials in juvenile court

Upcoming Events

The National Juvenile Defender Center and its allies and partners will be commemorating the Gault decision in the run up to the 50th anniversary. Find an event below.

  • Apr 20, 2017 - Denver, Colorado

    Gault at 50: What Difference Does a Lawyer Make?

    Join the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center, Colorado Office of the Public Defender, Colorado Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel & Colorado Office of the Child’s Representative for a free symposium addressing the current state of access to qualified counsel.
  • Apr 21, 2017 - Memphis, Tennessee

    In re Gault: Inspiration & Aspiration

    Statewide symposium and JTIP training in Tennessee examining the legacy of In re Gault.
  • Apr 21, 2017 - Denver, Colorado

    5th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference

    Join us for a full day of CLE credits! Topics include defending juveniles in sex offense cases, addressing trauma and language disabilities, effective oral advocacy, ethics, and so much more! Hosted by CJDC and ADC.
  • Apr 21, 2017 - Houston, Texas

    Southwest Juvenile Defender Center’s 16th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference: Gault @ 50

    The Southwest Juvenile Defender Center is hosting its 16th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference: Gault @ 50 on April 21 and 22, 2017, at the University of Houston Law School.
  • Apr 23, 2017 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Gault at 50 Discussion

    On Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 11 am, Professor Sandra Simkins, Director and Co-founder of the Children's Justice Clinic at Rutgers School of Law, is giving a talk, "Gault at 50," at the Philadelphia Ethical Society.
  • Apr 29, 2017 - Los Angeles, California

    35th Annual Juvenile Delinquency Law Training Seminar in Los Angeles

    Join the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office, Juvenile Division, for its annual training in juvenile defense. Topics include adolescent development, raising race, and effectively working with experts. More info to come!
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At the National Juvenile Defender Center, we promote justice for all children by ensuring excellence in juvenile defense. NJDC was founded to guarantee every child facing prosecution in juvenile court is represented by an attorney who is specialized and trained to defend children.

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