Inaugural Lecture Nov. 16, 2011

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Chapter 100, hosted a free lecture, "Children's Constitutional Rights" by David Tanenhaus, professor of history, on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. in the Barrick Museum. Tanenhaus is nationally known in the field of juvenile justice. His books include Juvenile Justice in the Making and The Constitutional Rights of Children: In re Gault and Juvenile Justice. He has co-edited A Century of Juvenile Justice. In addition to chairing the history department at UNLV, Tanenhaus is also the James E. Rogers Professor of History and Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

In this inaugural Phi Kappa Phi lecture, part of Chapter 100's effort to showcase the academic efforts of its members, Tanenhaus discussed the history and significance of the case of fifteen-year-old Gerald Gault of Globe, Arizona, who allegedly made an obscene phone call to a neighbor in 1964. He was arrested by the local police, tried in a proceeding that did not require his accuser's testimony, and sentenced to six years in a juvenile "boot camp." His case led to the landmark 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision, In re Gault, which granted due process rights to children in the nation's juvenile courts.

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society, founded in 1897. Chapter 100 was founded at UNLV in 1967. It is the only university-wide honor society at UNLV that promotes and recognizes academic excellence in all academic discipline and is the only honor society designation that appears on official UNLV transcripts. Phi Kappa Phi has chapters at nearly 300 select college and university campuses worldwide. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors.
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David Tanenhaus