The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth drafted Trial Defense Guidelines: Representing a Child Client Facing a Possible Life Sentence was drafted in close collaboration with attorneys and advocates from across the nation, and has been endorsed by dozens of national and local organizations that provide defense services. The broad support for the Guidelines reflects the very real need for national standards for the representation of children facing life sentences, and we are committed to working with our partners to ensure that the Guidelines are implemented across the country.

If your organization is interested in endorsing the guidelines, please contact As of 11/17/15, endorsements are here and as follows:

National Organizations

Gideon’s Promise

Juvenile Law Center

NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

National Association for Public Defense

National Juvenile Defender Center

National Legal Aid & Defender Association

National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates and Mitigation Specialists

Southern Center for Human Rights

Southern Poverty Law Center


State & Local Organizations

Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice

California Public Defender Association

Colorado Juvenile Defender Center

Columbia Legal Services (WA)

Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services

Cook County (IL) Public Defender

Defender Association of Philadelphia

Delaware Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Delaware Office of the Public Defender

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Florida Public Defender Association

Florida Public Defender Fourth Judicial Circuit (Jacksonville)

Florida Public Defender Eleventh Judicial Circuit (Miami-Dade)

Florida Public Defender Fifteenth Judicial Circuit (West Palm Beach)

Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Illinois Council of Chief Defenders

Illinois Public Defender Association

Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania

Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana

Maricopa County (AZ) Office of the Public Advocate

Maryland Office of the Public Defender

Massachusetts Youth Advocacy Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services

Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Minnesota Board of Public Defense

Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

North Carolina Office of the Juvenile Defender

Office of the Colorado State Public Defender

Office of The Ohio Public Defender

Ohio Children’s Law Center

Ohio Juvenile Justice Coalition

San Francisco Public Defender’s Office

South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

South Carolina Public Defender Association

Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Washington Defender Association

Wyoming Office of the State Public Defender

Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project


University & Law School Programs

Case Western Reserve University Schubert Center for Child Studies

Florida Center for Capital Representation at FIU College of Law

Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Clinic

Loyola Law School Center for Juvenile Law & Policy

Northwestern University School of Law Children and Family Justice Center

Quinnipiac University School of Law Juvenile Sentencing Project

University of Chicago Law School Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project

University of North Carolina School of Law Youth Justice Clinic