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Arizona Life Fellow Peter J. Cahill

April 2, 2015, Fellows in the news

Arizona Fellow Peter Cahill will give the Keynote Presentation at the annual meeting of the Conference of Chief Justices in Omaha.

In the Matter of Gerald Gault-50 Years Later.

In June 1964, fifteen-year-old Gerald Gault was sent to a prison for kids after a brief off-the-record session in a Globe, Arizona judge’s chambers. How did his parents end up finding their intrepid lawyer in Sun City who would then take the case from Globe to Phoenix and then Washington, D.C.?  Was this the way juvenile justice was dispensed before the seminal In Re Gault decision by Justice Fortas in 1967? What lessons do events in the summer of 1964 tell us about access to justice, about fundamental fairness, and about who would have made a difference that fateful day June 15, 1964, when a routine hearing in Gila County, Arizona set the stage for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that changed juvenile justice in America forevermore.

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