Category Archives: Criminal Justice

In re Gault research portal

50 years ago today, on May 15, 1967, Supreme Court Associate Justice Abe Fortas delivered the landmark United States Supreme Court opinion in Application of Paul and Marjorie Gault, 387 U.S. 1 (1967), which held that juveniles accused of crimes in a delinquency proceeding must be afforded many of the same due process rights as adults, such as the right to counsel, the right to confront witnesses, the right against forced self-incrimination, and the right to maintain a record of the proceedings.

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Source: Record Group 267: Records of the Supreme Court of the United States, 1772 – 2007 Series: Appellate Jurisdiction Case Files, 1792 – 2010, File Unit: Case File 116, October Term 1966, In Re Gault. The link to the catalog record for the digitized case file can be found in the “archival materials” section of the research portal.

To mark in re Gault @ 50, we have launched a new research portal that offers links to archival materials documenting the case, as well as references to selected scholarship analyzing the history of the case and the state of due process in juvenile court.

Collateral Consequences Database Released by the ABA

In conjunction with the National Institute of Justice and the U.S. Department of Justice, the ABA Criminal Justice Section has recently released the Collateral Consequences database to help attorneys and the general public identify crimes which result in “regulatory sanctions  and restrictions in addition to the sentence imposed by the court.”

Searchable by jurisdiction, keyword and type of offense, this database identifies the code sections in each jurisdiction which support these collateral consequences.

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Law at the Movies Presents: Hannah Arendt, November 6th, 2013, 6-9pm

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Please join us for a screening of Hannah Arendt on:

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 –  6:00 – 9:00 pm

Georgetown University Law Center
McDonough Hall, Room 141
Map & Directions

The event is free and open to the public, and we will serve pizzas and beverages.

The 2012 film centers on Arendt’s response to the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem, which she covered for The New Yorker, and subsequently published as a book: Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (1st ed. 1963). Her writing on the trial became controversial for its depiction of both Eichmann and the Jewish councils.

Screening followed by a discussion of the film, led by:

  • Professor James Loeffler, 2013-2014 Dean’s Visiting Scholar, Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellow, Georgetown Law Center and Associate Professor, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia

Films on Demand

Georgetown University subscribes to the Film on Demand service, which features a  Criminal Justice & Law video collection. Films in this collection focus on the criminal justice system, the criminal mind, juvenile justice, forensic science and more. The legal collection consists of 606 videos, but the entire resource features thousands of videos on a host of topics from psychology to political science to communication.

NEW: Bibliography for the Equal Justice Film Festival

To supplement this spring’s successful Equal Justice Film Festival and encourage further research and exploration, the Georgetown Law Library has compiled a brief bibliography of resources, including books, scholarly articles, and other films on related topics.

You can view or download it in PDF: Georgetown Law Library Equal Justice Film Festival – A Concise Bibliography.

For more information about the films and speakers that were part of the series, see the Film Festival website at www.law.georgetown.edu/library/about/125/filmfestival.cfm.

Equal Justice Film Festival: West of Memphis – Tuesday, April 23

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Please join the Friends of the Law Library, National Equal Justice Library, The Innocence Project, Georgetown Criminal Law Association, the Georgetown chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild, and Law Docs at the latest co-sponsored Law at the Movies event, part of the ongoing Georgetown Law Library Equal Justice Film Festival:

Movie: West of Memphis (2013)
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Time: 6:00pm (refreshments & seating), showtime 6:30pm
Location: Hart Auditorium, Georgetown University Law Center

This screening is free and open to the public – map and directions.

A 2012 Sundance selection, West of Memphis tells the infuriating, inspiring story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to stop the State of Arkansas from killing an innocent man. The film lays bare the flawed police examination into the 1993 murders of three 8-year-old boys, and goes on to uncover new evidence surrounding the arrest and conviction of the three teenagers who spent 18 years in prison for the crimes, one facing execution and two life-imprisonment, until released in 2011.

After the screening, stay for a discussion of the film and the real cases it portrays with Stephen Braga, Georgetown Law alumnus, adjunct professor, and lead attorney in representing the “West Memphis Three.”

For information on other upcoming events in the Georgetown Law Library Equal Justice Film Festival, visit www.law.georgetown.edu/library/about/125/filmfestival.cfm.

To learn more about the Friends of the Georgetown Law Library program and the benefits of becoming a member, visit www.law.georgetown.edu/library/visitors/friends.

Equal Justice Film Festival: Gideon’s Army – Friday, April 19

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Please join the Friends of the Law Library, National Equal Justice Library, The Innocence Project, Georgetown Criminal Law Association, the Georgetown chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild, and Law Docs at the latest co-sponsored Law at the Movies event, part of the ongoing Georgetown Law Library Equal Justice Film Festival:

Movie: Gideon’s Army (2013)
Date: Friday, April 19, 2013
Time: 6:00pm (refreshments & seating), showtime 6:30pm
Location: Hart Auditorium, Georgetown University Law Center

This screening is free and open to the public map and directions.

A 2013 Sundance award winning documentary by Georgetown Law alumna Dawn Porter, Gideon’s Army follows the personal stories of three young public defenders in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon v. Wainwright that established the right to counsel, can these courageous lawyers and their colleagues revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make “justice for all” a reality?

After the screening, stay for a discussion of the film and its context, led by:

  • Jo-Ann Wallace, President and CEO, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
  • Abbe Smith, Director, Criminal Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic; Co-Director, E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship Program; Professor of Law
  • Alec Karakatsanis, Attorney, Special Litigation Division, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia

For information on other upcoming events in the Georgetown Law Library Equal Justice Film Festival, visit www.law.georgetown.edu/library/about/125/filmfestival.cfm.

To learn more about the Friends of the Georgetown Law Library program and the benefits of becoming a member, visit www.law.georgetown.edu/library/visitors/friends.

Law at the Movies: Bully – Wednesday, April 3

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Please join the Friends of the Law Library, National Equal Justice Library, Outlaw, and Law Docs at the latest co-sponsored Law at the Movies event, part of the ongoing Georgetown Law Library Equal Justice Film Festival:

Movie: Bully (2011, runtime 98 mins)
Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Time: 6:00pm (refreshments & seating), showtime 6:30pm
Location: Georgetown University Law Center – Supreme Court Institute Moot Court Room (Hotung 2nd floor lobby)

Filmmaker Lee Hirsch gives a window into the lives of five school-age children in communities across America, all of whom face regular abuse, ridicule, and intimidation from their peers in this headline-grabbing 2011 documentary. The movie is the centerpiece of The Bully Project, an advocacy movement that spreads awareness of and solidarity against childhood bullying in all forms.

Space is limited, so please arrive promptly to secure a seat.

After the screening, stay for a discussion of the film and the ideas it presents, led by:

  • Kisha Webster – Associate Director of Welcoming Schools, Human Rights Campaign
  • Joseph Wardenski – Attorney at U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

For information on other upcoming events in the Georgetown Law Library Equal Justice Film Festival, visit www.law.georgetown.edu/library/about/125/filmfestival.cfm.

To learn more about the Friends of the Georgetown Law Library program and the benefits of becoming a member, visit www.law.georgetown.edu/library/visitors/friends.

Law at the Movies: The Central Park Five – Monday, April 1

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Please join the Friends of the Law Library, National Equal Justice Library, The Innocence Project, Georgetown Criminal Law Association, the Georgetown chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild, Outlaw, WETA, and Law Docs at the latest co-sponsored Law at the Movies event, part of the ongoing Georgetown Law Library Equal Justice Film Festival:

Movie: The Central Park Five (2012, runtime 119 mins)
Date: Monday, April 1, 2013
Time: 6:00pm (refreshments & seating), showtime 6:30pm
Location: Hart Auditorium, Georgetown University Law Center

Heralded as one of 2012’s most powerful documentaries, The Central Park Five tells the story of five black and Latino youths who were convicted and served sentences for the 1989 rape of a white woman, only to be exonerated when the true offender confessed the crime 13 years later. Ken Burns and his co-directors chronicle the “Central Park Jogger” case, for the first time from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.

After the screening, stay for a discussion with the film’s creators and one of the five accused men:

Sarah Burns – Director, writer, and producer, The Central Park Five
David McMahon – Director, writer, and producer, The Central Park Five
Yusef Salaam – Central Park Five defendant

Sarah Burns will also sign copies of her book, which was the basis for the movie.

For information on other upcoming events in the Georgetown Law Library Equal Justice Film Festival, visit www.law.georgetown.edu/library/about/125/filmfestival.cfm.

To learn more about the Friends of the Georgetown Law Library program and the benefits of becoming a member, visit www.law.georgetown.edu/library/visitors/friends.

Law at the Movies: The Loving Story – Tuesday, Mar. 26

The Loving Story poster

Please join the Friends of the Law Library, National Equal Justice Library, The Innocence Project, Georgetown Criminal Law Association, the Georgetown chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild, Outlaw, and Law Docs at the latest co-sponsored Law at the Movies event, part of the ongoing Georgetown Law Library Equal Justice Film Festival:

Movie: The Loving Story (2011)
Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Time: 6:00pm (refreshments & seating), showtime 6:30pm
Location: Hart Auditorium, Georgetown University Law Center

This 2011 documentary explores the Civil Rights Era story of an interracial couple whose challenge to state anti-miscegenation laws criminalizing their marriage led to the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision of Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967).

After the screening, stay for a discussion led by panelists with valuable insights on the history and context of the film:

Philip Hirschkop, attorney who litigated on behalf of the Lovings throughout their legal battle
Patricia King, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Medicine, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown Law
Elisabeth Haviland James, producer and editor of The Loving Story and founder of Thornapple Films

For information on other upcoming events in the Georgetown Law Library Equal Justice Film Festival, visit www.law.georgetown.edu/library/about/125/filmfestival.cfm.

To learn more about the Friends of the Georgetown Law Library program and the benefits of becoming a member, visit www.law.georgetown.edu/library/visitors/friends.