On Saturday, February 4th, public defenders from across the United States met in Miami for the Summit on Public Defense, hosted by the American Bar Association. Elizabeth Clarke was invited to speak to the issue of the right to counsel at the station house, an area in which children in Illinois saw a recent victory. In a subsequent panel discussion, Cook County Public Defender – and JJI Board Member – Amy Campanelli discussed how defenders can fight structural racism.
For the summit’s materials on access to counsel for juveniles, click here. Follow this link to the NJDC’s report, Defend Children: A Blueprint for Effective Juvenile Defender Services, published in recognition of Gault’s 50th Anniversary and discussed at the summit.