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Law School Hosts Conference Marking 40th Anniversary of Landmark Decision That Established Due Process Rights of Juveniles

Speakers at April 20 event to include lawyer for plaintiff in U.S. Supreme Court case

April 02, 2007 – 
On Friday, April 20, Rutgers School of Law–Newark will host a 40th anniversary conference on In re Gault, the U.S. Supreme Court case which held that juveniles accused of crime are entitled to the same due process rights, including the right to counsel, as adults. “The Promise of In re Gault: Promoting and Protecting the Right to Counsel in Juvenile Court” will feature national experts in criminal law and juvenile justice. Keynote speakers are New York University law professor Norman Dorsen, former president of the ACLU and counsel for Gerald Gault in the U.S. Supreme Court, and Patti Puritz, executive director of the National Juvenile Defender Center. 

The conference is co-sponsored by the National Juvenile Defender Center, the Northeast Juvenile Defender Center, the Rutgers Law Review, and the Eric R. Neisser Public Interest Program of Rutgers School of Law–Newark.

What:  “The Promise of In re Gault: Promoting and Protecting the Right to Counsel in Juvenile Court”  
When: Friday, April 20, 2007 –  Registration (9 am), Welcoming Remarks (9:30 am), Keynote (10 am), Panel Discussion (11 am), Lunch and Panel Discussion (12:45 pm), Panel Discussion (2:30 pm)
Who: KEYNOTE: “Reflections on In Re Gault
Norman Dorsen, Frederick I. and Grace A. Stokes Professor of Law and Counselor to the President of New York University

PANEL: “Re-invigorating the Right to Counsel: A Developmental Critique”
Hillary Farber, School of Law and College of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
Michael Jenuwine, Notre Dame Law School 
Marsha Levick, Juvenile Law Center, Philadelphia
Abbe Smith, Georgetown University Law Center

PANEL: “Reports From the Field”
Patti Puritz, executive director, National Juvenile Defender Center, keynote and moderator
Jacqueline Deane, New York University School of Law
Sandra Simkins, Rutgers School of Law–Camden
Tamara Steckler, Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division, New York

PANEL: “In re Gault: The Next Generation”
George Thomas, professor of law, Rutgers School of Law–Newark, moderator
Michael Dale, Nova Southeastern University Law Center 
Barbara Kaban, Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts
Jessica Feierman, Juvenile Law Center, Philadelphia
Riya Shah, Juvenile Law Center, Philadelphia
Gary Solomon, Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division, New York  

Rutgers School of Law–Newark