University of San Diego School of Law
Advocate Fall 2017 Issue

Revisiting a Landmark Case

Bergman memorial lecture commemorates the 50th anniversary of 1967 U.S. Supreme Court case In re Gault

In January 2017, the Honorable Carolyn M. Caietti, ’86 (JD), ’83 (BA); Reginald Dwayne Betts; and David Tanenhaus gave the Jane Ellen Bergman Memorial Lecture, which this year commemorated the 50th anniversary of In re Gault, a landmark 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision that held juveniles accused of crimes must be afforded many of the same due process rights as adults, such as the right to timely notification of the charges, the right to confront witnesses, the right against self-incrimination and the right to counsel.

Judge Caietti was appointed to the San Diego Superior Court in 2006, and has presided over dependency and delinquency matters since 2008. She has been a Juvenile Court presiding judge since 2013. A member of USD’s Law Alumni Board, Caietti received the 2016 Wilmont Sweeney Juvenile Court Judge of the Year award in December 2016.

Betts was convicted of a serious offense at the age of 16 and served more than eight years in prison. He went on to graduate from Yale Law School and wrote A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison.

Tanenhaus teaches at University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law, where his scholarship focuses on legal justice and juvenile justice. He is a co-editor of A Century of Juvenile Justice and author of Juvenile Justice in the Making and The Constitutional Rights of Children: In re Gault and Juvenile Justice.

The Jane Ellen Bergman Memorial Lecture Series on Women, Children and Human Rights is the result of a gift from Dr. Barbara Yates, a professor at the University of Illinois and a friend of the late Bergman. According to Dr. Yates, Bergman “chose to devote her professional life to public service. As a nursing administrator, public health educator and family therapist, she developed an abiding interest in the human rights of common people.” This series is a lasting tribute to Bergman and an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and community members to hear distinguished lecturers speak about issues concerning women, children and human rights.