Addressed the issue of a 12-year-old’s competency to stand trial and whether his due process rights were violated by the trial court’s failure to order competency evaluations.
Supreme Court held the execution of juveniles unconstitutional. Juvenile Law Center’s brief argued the developmental differences between adolescents and adults in critical areas, including impulse control and understanding consequences.
Argued that a juvenile’s 75-year sentence for a crime in which the victims suffered no serious injury is disproportionate and violates state, federal and international law.
Argued that a sentence of 110 years to life (three consecutive life-terms) for a non-homicide offense committed as a juvenile violates the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Graham v. Florida.
Involved three teenage girls being prosecuted for "sexting," the practice of sending nude or semi-nude photographs via text message on cell phones.
Argued that mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles convicted of homicide offenses are unconstitutional.
Argued that a life without parole sentence for felony murder violates the United States Constitution as well as international law.
Argued on behalf of a student who had been suspended for writing a fake MySpace page that made derogatory statements about the student's principal.
Argued for a half-brother’s standing to participate in child welfare proceedings involving his sibling and that the child advocate’s representation of both children constituted a conflict of interest.
Addressed the issues of due process violations in Illinois’ blended sentencing schemes and the interpretation of a youth’s request for counsel.
Argued that sentences of life without parole for juveniles convicted of homicide are unconstitutional.
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