News & Special Events
SEALING JUVENILE RECORDS MANUAL PUBLISHED
The Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Clinic has published a guide to sealing juvenile records in the District of Columbia. The manual is available to juvenile defenders, as well as to youth and their families. The manual includes an outline of the various statutory mechanisms by which one can seal juvenile records in DC, the reasons to seal your record, sample motions, and step-by-step instructions. Please contact Lauren Dollar at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy.
JTIP SUMMER ACADEMY 2014
June 22-28, 2014
The Juvenile Justice Clinic and the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) convened the inaugural weeklong Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) Summer Academy 2014 at Georgetown Law from June 22-28, 2014. The Academy provided comprehensive training on substantive law and litigation skills for new and experienced juvenile defenders, aiming to raise the quality of representation for accused youth nationwide.
Juvenile defenders from 28 states attended, working closely with 12 certified JTIP trainers. The training utilized the 40-volume JTIP national training curriculum that was developed by the National Juvenile Defender Center and funded by the MacArthur Foundation. Georgetown Law and the Juvenile Justice Clinic's own Kristin Henning was a lead author of the curriculum.
"The JTIP curriculum has already begun to raise the quality of indigent defense representation for children in the United States," said Henning. "We were thrilled to partner with the National Juvenile Defender Center to continue this important work."
DC JUVENILE PANEL TRIAL PRACTICE GROUP MARKS 8 MONTHS
The DC Juvenile Panel Trial Practice Group marked it's 8 month anniversary in July 2014, offering monthly CLE trainings and biweekly newsletters with case law updates from the DC Court of Appeals and a helpful practice tip to the court-appointed DC bar. Training topics have included managing the juvenile caseload, common ethical dilemmas facing the juvenile defender, challenging identification evidence, investigation and social media, sealing juvenile records, and making creative detention and disposition arguments. The next CLE workshop will take place Fall 2014. Stay tuned for further information.
47th ANNIVERSARY OF IN RE GAULT
On May 15, 1967, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of In re Gerald Gault. The Gault case held that children were "persons" under the United States Constitution, and as such must be treated fairly when they are deprived of their liberty. Specifically, the Court ruled that children subject to juvenile court proceedings were entitled to notice of the charges against them, had a right to counsel, possessed the privilege against self incrimination, and were entitled to confront and cross examine their accusers. Now 47 years later, we celebrate this landmark decision.
Georgetown's Juvenile Justice Clinic was founded in 1973, a mere six years after the Supreme Court's landmark decision. One of the first law school-based legal clinics specializing in children's issues, the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Clinic and its staff seek to fulfill the mandates of the Gault decision, to expand the legal rights of children, and to insure that children are protected from maltreatment by their parents or the government.
Today, many children receive excellent legal representation, but many do not. Despite the unequivocal mandate of Gault, many ethical and practical challenges still confront children accused of crimes and their defense lawyers. Juvenile and family courts are often deprived of important information related to whether a youth is actually guilty of a crime. Indeed, in some states, the right to counsel is honored more in the breech than in reality, thus ensuring the conviction of innocent children. As we celebrate the anniversary of this landmark case, judges, lawyers, legislators, and the public need to renew the promise of In re Gault and ensure that 47 more years do not pass before its complete implementation.
- Implementing Miller: Challenging Juvenile LWOP Conference (11/14/12 & 11/15/12)
- "Keeping Children in the Community" Conference (7/13/10)
- Colloquium on U.N. Convention on Rights of the Child (6/1/09 & 6/2/09)
- Symposium on the Intersection of Poverty and Delinquency (3/26/09)
- A Call to Action for Juvenile Justice, a Town Hall Meeting (11/6/08)
- Youth Transferred to Adult Court: "The Effect on Public Safety, Recidivism, and Rehabilitation" Conference (7/21/08)
- Commemorative event for In re Gault (4/14/08)
- U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (11/16/07)
- After Roper v. Simmons (1/24/06)