Spring and Fall Galas


Sunday, June 10         |    5:30 pm - 8:30 pm              |    Brentwood, CA

This year, our nation has seen a dramatic increase in youth engagement in civic life. In the wake of the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, students across the country have been empowered to elevate their voices and advocate for their opinions. From Los Angeles to Chicago; New York to Miami, a diverse range of youth have stepped up to participate in politics--strengthening our democracy as a result.

The Junior State of America celebrates all youth, regardless of their political perspectives, who are empowered to engage in civil discourse and peaceful action.

Please join us and our civically empowered students for a compelling panel discussion on Youth Perspectives on the 2nd Amendment. The panel will feature students with diverse views on the topic and be moderated by Adam Winkler, Professor of Law at UCLA and author of "Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America".


Adam Winkler is a professor at UCLA School of Law and the author of We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights and Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America. His scholarship has been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Review of Books, Washington Post, Atlantic, and the New Republic. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, New York University School of Law, and UCLA, where he received a Master's Degree in political science. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, he clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


During a spring night in San Francisco, JSA friends and alum gathered at The Pearl located in the Dogpatch neighborhood to discuss the impact and role of technology in civic engagement. The evening’s speakers were Loren Bendele, founder of Gell.com, an online platform that encourages respectful dialogue on political issues and Marshall Tuck, candidate for California Superintendent for Public Instruction.


JSA has offered alumni an opportunity to hear from renowned speakers in politics and public service. In 2017, alumni gathered at the prestigious California Science Center for a panel featuring former Ambassador to Germany John B. Emerson moderated by Professor Lynn Vavreck. The theme for the night was Leading Through Turbulence. Ambassador Emerson shared his experience as the senior diplomat in Germany during the tumult of post-Sept. 11 and the rise of terrorist attacks.