Fulfilling the Legacy of Gault: Defending Children's Rights

Skutt Student Center, Ballroom

Monday, May 15, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 5:00 pm

Creighton University School of Law, the Nebraska State Bar Association Juvenile Law Section, and Nebraska Youth Advocates invite you to a luncheon celebrating the 50th Anniversary of In re Gault.

In 1967, Gerald Gault, a 15 year old boy, was taken into police custody without his parents being notified, was never advised of his constitutionally protected rights, including his right to counsel; and was ordered to spend nearly six years in a state youth correctional agency for allegedly making a prank phone call, a charge never proved by constitutionally mandated standards.

In a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, In re Gault, 387 U.S. 1 (1967), announced on May 15, 1967, the Court found that the constitutional guarantee of due process is necessary to the administration of justice and applies whenever children are brought before a juvenile court: “The condition of being a boy does not justify a kangaroo court.” In the opinion written by Justice Abe Fortas, the Court explained that a child “...requires the guiding hand of counsel at every step in the proceedings against him.” Thus, Gault has come to stand as one of the essential cases in juvenile law.

Children are our most vulnerable defendants and our most valuable assets. Please join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of what Chief Justice Warren called as the Magna Carta for Juveniles. We invite you to come and learn more about how we can move forward in fulfilling the promises of Gault. The luncheon will feature a panel of teens who will describe their experiences in the juvenile justice system, talk about what having an attorney meant for them, and tell us how we can better serve youth who are involved in the courts. Following the luncheon, juvenile defenders are invited to participate in a CLE training focused on 4th Amendment challenges.


11:30-1:45pm Luncheon

11:30am Registration

11:45am Welcome and Blessing, Dean Paul E. McGreal, Creighton School of Law and Fr. Gregory J. O'Meara, SJ

12:30pm Panel Presentation, Facilitated by the Honorable Lawrence D. Gendler

1:30pm Closing Remarks, the Honorable Vernon C.R. Daniels

2:00-5:00pm Juvenile Defender Training: Motions Practice and 4th Amendment Challenges, Presented by: Nebraska Youth Advocates, Certified Trainers of the National Juvenile Defender Center’s Juvenile Training Immersion Program

(Please note: This training is only available to juvenile defense attorneys or those who assist in defending juveniles)

Register for this event at: https://gault50.eventbrite.com

Contact Info

Tory Van Heuvelen
(402) 280-1204

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