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In re Gault Research Portal

The history of in re Gault: selected secondary literature

David S. Tanenhaus. The Constitutional Rights of Children: In re Gault and Juvenile Justice. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas Press, 2011.

(The definite history of in re Gault.)

David S. Tanenhaus, David S. "Pursuing Justice for the Child: The Forgotten Women of In re Gault" (2014). Scholarly Works. 984.

David Tanenhaus. “First Things First: Juvenile Justice Reform in Historical Context,” 46 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 281 (2013-2014).

See also the excellent presentation by Peter Cahill and Lisa Queen, available as a video recording: "In re Gerald Gault," by Peter Cahill and Lisa Queen, videotaped multimedia presentation at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of in re Gault of the Office of the Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit and the League of Women Voters of Orange County, Florida, May 2017, online at:

See also: Peter Cahill and Lisa Pferdeort: "In the Matter of Gerald Gault 51 Years Later." Presentation at the Conference of the National Association of Women Judges in Salt Lake City, October 9, 2015, online at:

As well as several articles in the May 2015 issue of the Arizona Attorney on Remaking Juvenile Justice: The in re Gault Anniversary:

Peter J. Cahill and Sarah Edwards. “In re Gault and Collateral Consequences.” Arizona Attorney, May 2017, 16-18,

Hon. Jay D. Blitzman. “Realizing Gault’s Promise of Due Process.” Arizona Attorney, May 2017, 20-24,

On the history of juvenile justice, see also:

Arnold Binder, Gilbert Geis, Dickson D. Bruce, Jr.  Juvenile Delinquency : Historical, Cultural, and Legal Perspectives. Cincinnati, OH : Anderson Pub. Co., 2001.

Victoria Getis. The Juvenile Court and the Progressives. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2000.

Daniel A. Ross. “Rethinking the Road to Gault: Limiting Social Control in the Juvenile Court 1957-1972.” 98 Va. L. Rev. 425 (April 2012).

Randall G. Shelden. Controlling the Dangerous Classes : A Critical Introduction to the
History of Criminal Justice
. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon, 2001.

Robert E. Shepherd, “The Juvenile Court at 100 Years: A Look Back." Juvenile Justice, published by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 1999,

Geoff K. Ward. The Black Child-Savers: Racial Democracy and Juvenile Justice. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.