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Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Colorado Supreme Court •

We argued that an aggregate sentence of 96 years for second degree murder under a theory of complicity is a nonhomicide crime under Graham because it does not require that a defendant kill or intend to kill, and is the functional equivalent of life without parole because it fails to provide a “meaningful opportunity to obtain release.”

Juvenile Sex Offender Registry (SORNA)
Louisiana Supreme Court •
Argued that placing the words “sex offender” on juvenile's driver’s license imposes stigma and restrictions in violation of procedural due process, as well as infringes reputation rights which are expressly protected by the Louisiana Constitution.
Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Colorado Supreme Court •

Argued that sentencing juveniles to extreme term-of-years sentences deprives them of a meaningful and realistic opportunity to obtain release and is thus unconstitutional pursuant to Graham v. Florida.

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit •

Argued that the U.S. Supreme Court's ban on mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles in Miller should apply retroactively to inmates like Mr. Martinez and Mr. Vallejo, who were sentenced prior to the Miller ruling. The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued an opinion on October 16, 2015.

Juvenile Sex Offender Registry (SORNA)
Supreme Court of Illinois •
Argued that by imposing registration as a violent offender on juveniles without consideration of the distinguishing characteristics of youth or a youth’s individualized circumstances, Illinois’ Violent Offender Against Youth Registration Act (VOYRA) violates both Illinois and federal constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process.
Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
California Supreme Court •
Argued that the California Supreme Court should adopt a presumption in favor of immaturity and against imposing life without parole upon juvenile offenders.
Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Colorado Supreme Court •

Argued that the U.S. Supreme Court's ban on mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles in Miller should apply retroactively to inmates like Vigil, who was sentenced prior to the Miller ruling.

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Missouri Supreme Court •

Argued that the U.S. Supreme Court's ban on mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles in Miller should apply retroactively to inmates like Griffin, who was sentenced prior to the Miller ruling.

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit •

Argued that the U.S. Supreme Court's ban on mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles in Miller should apply retroactively to inmates like Songster, who was sentenced prior to the Miller ruling.