Georgetown Law Hosts “The Right to Remain Children: Race and Juvenile Justice 50 Years after Gault”

May 11, 2017 —

The Right to Remain Children Symposium is happening on May 16. Watch the live webcast here.


To mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case that guaranteed appointed counsel to accused youth, many of the nation’s leading juvenile justice experts will convene at Georgetown Law for the full-day symposium: “The Right to Remain Children: Race and Juvenile Justice 50 Years after Gault.”  

Despite the impact of In re Gault, overcriminalization of youth of color continues to be one of the greatest challenges facing the juvenile justice system today.  Conference topics will include implicit bias, racial justice and the Fourth Amendment, the pushout and over-policing of black girls, diversion and restorative justice, and the importance of zealous advocacy from the point of view of wrongly-accused youth Davontae Sanford.

Georgetown Law, the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Initiative and the National Juvenile Defender Center will host the interdisciplinary symposium. A full event schedule is available here.


Dr. Lauren Abramson, Community Conferencing Center • Emily Baxter, We Are All Criminals • James Bell, W. Haywood Burns Institute • Dr. Jamilah Blake, Texas A&M • Dr. Sara Boyd, Juvenile Risk Assessment Evaluator • Paul Butler, Georgetown Law • Devon Carbado, UCLA Law • Vanessa Edkins, Florida Institute of Technology • Rebecca Epstein, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty Inequality • Adam Foss of Prosecutor Impact • Justin Hansford, Georgetown Law • Kristin Henning, Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Initiative • Justice Geraldine Hines, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court • Christy Lopez, Georgetown Law • Wayne McKenzie, NYC Dept. of Probation • Dr. Daniel Murrie, University of Virginia • Jyoti Nanda, UCLA Law • Valerie Newman, Michigan State Appellate Defender’s Office • Karl Racine, Attorney General for the District of Columbia • Davontae Sanford, Youth Presenter • Lisa Thurau, Strategies For Youth, Inc.


Tuesday, May 16, 9:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.


Philip A. Hart Auditorium

Georgetown University Law Center

600 New Jersey Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20001

*If you are unable to attend in person, a LIVE webcast of the event will be available beginning at 9 a.m.


Tanya Weinberg, 202-662-9694 (o), 202-577-7827 (m)

Jaclyn Diaz, 202-661-6785 (o) 202-590-7671 (m)

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