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City Visions: How is California Reforming its Juvenile Justice System?


April 18, 2016: Nearly 50 years after In re Gault, the landmark Supreme Court case that gave youth accused of crimes the same due process rights as adults, City Visions examines the current state of California's juvenile justice system.

What challenges do juvenile defendants and their attorneys continue to face today?  What's being done to improve youth access to quality legal representation? 



Sue Burrell: Policy and Training Director for the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center; former staff lawyer at the Youth Law Center, trial lawyer and juvenile appellate/training specialist for the Los Angeles County Public Defender, and appellate lawyer for the California State Public Defender; recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Youth Law Center's Tom Welch Unsung Hero Award in 2015 and the American Bar Association’s Livingston Hall Award for juvenile justice advocacy in 2011; graduate of Loyola Law School.

Roger Chan: Co-founder and Executive Director of East Bay Children’s Law Offices (EBCLO); former public defender in San Francisco and Alameda Counties; advisory Board Member of the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center and the Youth Justice Institute; member of the National Association for the Counsel of Children and the California Public Defender’s Association; graduate of UC Berkeley and UC Hastings College of the Law.