Legal Aid's Gault at 50 Conference
MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017
From left: Laura Cohen, Director of the Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic; David McCallum, Speaker and Murder Case Exoneree; Tamara Steckler, Attorney-In-Charge of The Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Practice; Carolyn Silvers, Attorney-in-Charge, Queens Trial Office, Juvenile Rights Practice; Yusef Salaam, Speaker and Central Park Five Exoneree.

The Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice hosted its Gault at 50 Conference on Thursday, May 17, at CUNY Law School. The all-day event had a great roster of expert and exciting speakers, including Yusef Salaam and David MacCallum, and it was attended by attorneys, social workers, paralegals and support staff.

The conference was commemorating the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision In re Gault. 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. JRP were pioneers of juvenile defense, providing attorneys for children charged with crimes 5 years before the Gault case was decided. JRP also announced, during the event, the launch of their #stopjailingkids and #juvenileinjustice Social Media Campaign, as well as a partnership with the Criminal Defense Practice’s Decarceration Project.