OJD Week in Review: Dec. 11-15

This week, as we get closer to Christmas, our gifts to you are… more reminders for training!

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Training Now and For the Year to Come

The National Juvenile Defender Center and the Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Clinic are now accepting applications for the 2018 Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) Summer Academy.  This annual week-long intensive training offers juvenile defenders a specially-tailored curriculum developed by juvenile defense experts from across the country that will enhance the defenders’ ability to provide the best representation for their clients.  The 2018 JTIP Summer Academy will be held at Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C. from June 10-16.  This event is open exclusively to frontline defenders.  Applications must be submitted to lawjtipsummer@georgetown.edu no later than Jan. 15, 2018, and a nonrefundable $200 deposit is required for each participant upon registration, which will cover training materials and CLE credit approval.  All participants will be responsible for their own housing and travel expenses, and should plan accordingly to attend for the full week.  To apply and to find more details, please find an application here or you may also visit their website.  Also, check out Drew Kukorowski’s post where he briefly recounts his experience in the program in 2016, which can be found here on our blog.

Registration is now open for the Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking.  Hosted by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in collaboration with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and Rights4Girls, this interactive training will include hypothetical scenarios, case scenarios, lectures, small group discussions, and practical courtroom exercises focused on the issue of child sex trafficking in the U.S.  This free training will be held in Asheville on Feb. 12-14.  Judges and judicial officers are encouraged to register here.

On Dec. 19, from 3-4 p.m. OJJDP in collaboration with The Innocent Justice Foundation will host a free webinar titled “Maintaining Your Balance – Resiliency Action Plan.”  This webinar is intended to assist law enforcement and other juvenile justice professionals in developing a resiliency action plan to help them succeed in both their professional and personal lives after experiencing “vicarious trauma due to their work regarding commercial sexual exploitation of children and violence and abuse against children.”  To register for this please check out their website here.

Registration is now officially open for “Regional Training for Indigent Defense:  Defending Sexual Offenses”, hosted by the UNC School of Government.  This CLE will focus on defending sexual offenses with sessions on physical evidence, cross-examining experts, and motions and legal issues.  The event will be held on Feb. 8, 2018 at 1801 Nash St., Sanford, N.C. in the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center.  This program is open to all IDS contract attorneys and privately assigned counsel representing indigent clients and will offer 3.0 hours of CLE credit.  There is an $85 registration fee that will cover CLE credits, snacks, and materials.  The deadline for registration will be 5 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2018.  Please find further details and register here.

That wraps up this week.  While news may be light in the juvenile defense community as we round out the year, we will do our best to keep everyone updated and reminded of the training and job opportunities available.  Be sure to like and subscribe to our social media channels, and we will have more to come soon!

Applications Are Open for 2018 JTIP Summer Academy

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The National Juvenile Defender Center and the Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Clinic are now accepting applications for the 2018 Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) Summer Academy.  This annual week-long intensive training offers juvenile defenders a specially-tailored curriculum developed by juvenile defense experts from across the country that will enhance their ability to provide the best representation for their clients.  The 2018 JTIP Summer Academy will be held at Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C. from June 10-16.

This event is open exclusively to frontline defenders.  Applications must be submitted to lawjtipsummer@georgetown.edu no later than Jan. 15, 2018, and a nonrefundable $200 deposit is required for each participant upon registration, which will cover training materials and CLE credit approval.  All participants will be responsible for their own housing and travel expenses, and should plan accordingly to attend for the full week.  To apply and to find more details, please find an application here or you may also visit their website.

Also, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the program and hesitant about applying, one juvenile defender, Drew Kukorowski of the Council for Children’s Rights, reflected on his own experiences during the 2016 JTIP Summer Academy.  He stated that it is “exhausting, but it’s also exhilarating” and “was without question the most informative, innovative, and practical legal training I’ve ever attended.”  In his writing, which can be found here on our blog, Kukorowski encourages all defenders to apply to the program.

OJD Week in Review: Dec. 4-8

This week is we’ve just got lots of upcoming training announcements and… an update on Raise the Age!

Training, Training, and More Training

TRAINING--DEVELOPMENTOn Dec. 14, juvenile defenders have the opportunity to fill their afternoon with two sessions of training, one online and one in-person.  The Office of the Juvenile Defender and North Carolina Advocates for Justice will be hosting a free juvenile defense CLE in Courtroom 1 of the Wayne County Courthouse on 224 E. Walnut St. in Goldsboro, N.C.  The training, titled “Juvenile Defense – Effective Representation Now and For the Future”, will be held from 1-4 p.m. and a networking lunch will be provided from 12-1.  Three CLE credit hours will be earned by participants.  Please RSVP with Valerie Pearce by email or call 919-667-3369.  And starting at 4 p.m. EST, the National Juvenile Justice Network will be hosting a one-hour webinar titled “Police-Youth Engagement: Working on the Front Lines”, to discuss improving relationships between youth, police, and the community.  You can register for the webinar here.

The Southern Juvenile Defender Center has recently announced that it will be holding the 2018 SJDC Regional Summit on June 8-9 in Columbia, S.C.  The University of South Carolina School of Law will be hosting the event.  Registration and agenda details will be coming soon.

Registration is now open for the Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking.  Hosted by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in collaboration with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and Rights4Girls, this interactive training will include hypothetical scenarios, case scenarios, lectures, small group discussions, and practical courtroom exercises focused on the issue of child sex trafficking in the U.S.  This free training will be held in Asheville on Feb. 12-14.  Judges and judicial officers are encouraged to register here.

On the Way to Raise the Age

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The first meeting of the Juvenile Jurisdiction Advisory Committee was held Monday, December 4, 2017.  The Committee, formed under the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act (“Raise the Age”), is tasked to develop a specific plan for the implementation of raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction, including costs and other policy recommendations.  Co-chaired by retired Wilkes County Chief Court Counselor Bill D. Davis and District 22B District Attorney Garry Frank, the Committee heard several presentations, including the work of the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice that led to the most recent legislation, the rationale and data behind the policy considerations to raise the age, and further legislative, planning and policy considerations for implementation.  An interim report is due to the General Assembly March 1, 2018, and the next meetings will be held January 11, 2018 and February 5, 2018.  More information about the Committee may be found here.

That is all we have for you today.  On the note of N.C.’s plan to raise the age, we would like to encourage all juvenile justice advocates to reach out and share your opinions, whether you’ve got a piece you want to share on our blog or an idea or shout-out on Twitter or Facebook, please reach out!  And on a side note, in case you missed it, we posted a new podcast discussing Capital Area Teen Court on SoundCloud the week of Thanksgiving, so check it out.  Be sure to check back with us next week for more news and updates.

OJD Week in Review: Nov. 27- Dec. 1

This week we’ve got plenty of training opportunities to announce and discussions and statistics to share.

Upcoming Trainings

The Office of the Juvenile Defender and North Carolina Advocates for Justice will be hosting a free juvenile defense CLE in Courtroom 1 of the Wayne County Courthouse on 224 E. Walnut St. in Goldsboro, N.C. on Thursday, Dec. 14.  The training, titled “Juvenile Defense – Effective Representation Now and For the Future”, will be held from 1-4 p.m. and a networking lunch will be provided from 12-1.  Presenters will include IDS Regional Defender Valerie Pearce, Assistant Juvenile Defender Kim Howes, and Juvenile Defender Eric Zogry.  Topics discussed will include detention advocacy, the role of counsel and dispositional advocacy and tips and expected practice changes following the implementation of Raise the Age.  Please RSVP with Valerie Pearce by email or call 919-667-3369.

On Dec. 6, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in collaboration with the Age of Criminal Responsibility Research Training and Technical Assistance Center will present a webinar called “Practical Impact of the Age of Criminal Responsibility: Perspectives of Youth and Family Members“.  You can register for the webinar here.

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On Dec. 14, starting at 4 p.m. EST, the National Juvenile Justice Network will be hosting a one-hour webinar titled “Police-Youth Engagement: Working on the Front Lines” , to discuss improving relationships between youth, police, and the community.  Presenters will include Valerie Slater of the RISE for Youth Coalition and Youth Justice Leadership Institute Fellow and Assistant Chief of the Scottsdale Police Department and Alum of YJLI Helen Gandara.   You can register for the webinar here.

Also, if you’re concerned about your CLE credits and what to do with all of your free time in early 2018, please add Feb. 8, 2018 to your calendar.  The UNC School of Government will be hosting the 2018 Regional Training for Indigent Defense in Sanford, N.C.  This training will provide three CLE credit hours and will focus on defending sex offenses.  Registration will be open by mid-Dec. and our office will continue to keep you updated as new information arises.

Other News You Can Use

We wanted to bring attention to our newest podcast on SoundCloud about the Capital Area Teen Court Program.  In this segment OJD’s Fall Intern Cody Davis engages in a Q&A with Communications & Office Manager Marcus Thompson, as Davis shares his personal experiences as a volunteer and his analysis of the program from his past research.  You can listen to the podcast here and review Cody’s cost benefit analysis of the program here.

Last week the UNC School of Government also posted video in which Phil Dixon interviews Executive Director of Indigent Defense Services Tom Maher.  In this video, Dixon and Maher discuss the rates for privately assigned counsel and the indigent defense system.  You can find the post with the link to the video here.

The National Center for Juvenile Justice along with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has released a new brief titled “5 Ways State Juvenile Correctional Administrators Can Use Data“.

OJJDP has also released a new Data Snapshot sheet in the Statistical Briefing Book, this time focusing on youth homicide victims.  You can view the latest statistical data here.

That is all for now, folks, and we will continue to provide further updates soon.  Do not forget to subscribe, like, or share on our of our channels.  And to N.C. Juvenile Defenders, we would also like to remind everyone to reach out to us if you are not a part of the juvenile defense listserv so that can add you!  And check back again with us next week.

stay tuned