National Center for Youth Law

Litigation Strategies

RWT v. Dalton

This case, handled by NCYL attorney David Lambert and others, established the principle that detained juveniles have the same right

Gary H. v. Hegstrom

NCYL staff worked with the Juvenile Rights Project in Portland, Oregon on this case, which led to substantial reforms at

In re Roger S.

NCYL co-counseled this case with the California State Public Defender’s Office, representing children placed in state mental hospitals by their

Breed v. Jones

NCYL successfully argued before the US Supreme Court that the constitutional prohibition on double jeopardy is applicable to minors in

Lau v. Nichols

In this case in which NCYL represented children whose first language was not English, the US Supreme Court held that

Morales v. Turman

Filed in 1974 on behalf of incarcerated youth in Texas, this federal class action lawsuit established benchmark standards for the

Cleaver v. Wilcox

In this case, NCYL secured the first federal court decision, from the Ninth Circuit, establishing a constitutional right to appointed

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