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Access to Counsel
Washington Supreme Court •

Juvenile Law Center, joined by National Legal Aid and Defender Association, filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of Washington in support of a

Juvenile Sex Offender Registry (SORNA)
United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama •

Attorneys from Juvenile Law Center and SPLC filed a lawsuit challenging Alabama’s Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Act, which imposes a lifetime obligation to

Youth Interrogations
Ohio Supreme Court •

Juvenile Law Center filed an amicus brief in the Ohio Supreme Court in support of 13-year-old M.H., who was interviewed by a social worker in

Solitary Confinement & Harsh Conditions
United States District Court for the Central District of California •

Juvenile Law Center joined Children’s Rights and seven other children’s advocacy organizations on an amicus brief filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
United States Supreme Court •

Juvenile Law Center and Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth, joined by 49 advocacy organizations and individuals, filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Supreme Court of Illinois •

Juvenile Law Center and Children and Family Justice Center filed an amicus brief, joined by ten other advocacy organizations, in the Supreme Court of Illinois

Access to Healthcare
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit •

Juvenile Law Center and 29 other advocacy organizations joined amicus briefs filed by National Health Law Program in the United States Court of Appeals for

Youth Interrogations
California Supreme Court •

Seventeen-year-old Steve M. did not explicitly waive his Miranda rights, however police relied on an implied waiver to interrogate him, despite his youth, evident learning

Education
Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania •

Juvenile Law Center joined 22 advocacy organizations on an amicus brief filed by Education Law Center-PA and Women’s Law Project in the Commonwealth Court of

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania •

Juvenile Law Center, in collaboration with Defender Association of Philadelphia, Cozen O’Connor, Peter Goldberger, and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP, filed a brief in the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania on behalf of Mr. Ligon and other named defendants in support of the questions of law raised in General Court Regulation #1 of 2016 to be resolved by an en banc panel prior to re-sentencing the juvenile life without parole population. Since Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia in particular has the largest juvenile lifer population in the country, the court’s decision is likely to have a significant impact on many juvenile lifer re-sentencings.