Celebrating 50th Anniversary of US Supreme Court Argument in Gault

On December 6th, from 5-7 p.m., The Legal Aid Society 's Juvenile Rights Practice (JRP) in collaboration with the National Juvenile Defender Center and the Northeast Juvenile Defender Center, will host a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court argument in In re Gault at the law firm of Cooley LLP. This landmark case held that juveniles charged with crimes were entitled to many of the same due process rights as adults, including the right to counsel, and paved the way for the practice of juvenile defense nationally.

Norman Dorsen, the attorney who argued the case on behalf of Gerry Gault, a teen sentenced on a criminal matter as a juvenile with no due process rights, will be speaking at the event. Additionally, the attendees will hear clips from the actual argument on December 6th, 1966. JRP, one of the nation's premier juvenile defense offices, was established in 1962, five years before Gault was decided. JRP will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the decision in Gault on May 17, 2017, at CUNY Law School, with an all day conference and call to action for juvenile defenders.