Hello, N.C. and beyond! This week we primarily have reminders for you for previously mentioned news with an update on Defender Trial School and school-Justice partnership news included.
From Around the Community
On Wednesday, Apr. 25, a day-long conversation about the intersection of school safety, juvenile justice, law enforcement, and the criminal justice system took place in Cary. This workshop was sponsored by the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC) and the Juvenile Justice Section of the Department of Public Safety. During this workshop, juvenile justice, education and law enforcement officials, along with judges, district attorneys, public defenders and juvenile program providers, learned about school-justice partnerships (SJP) and had the opportunity to see the reveal of NCAOC’s “School-Justice Partnership Implementation Toolkit.” This resource contains guidance to assist judicial districts in developing individualized SJP agreements, which are an important component of the “Raise the Age” legislation, or the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act of 2017. During the afternoon session, the spotlight was on school safety and included mental health intervention strategies and a panel on the role of school resource officers in North Carolina schools. The SJP is a group of community stakeholders who work together to establish specific guidelines for school discipline in a way that minimizes suspensions, expulsions, and school-based referrals to court for minor misconduct. The main goal of the SJP is to keep kids in school and out of court for routine misconduct at school. SJPs are being developed throughout North Carolina as a result of the state’s recently enacted Raise the Age law.
You’re invited to join the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) as we celebrate the transformational power of stories; a power that honors the dignity and humanity of every child. On May 15, 2018 (OJD Note: the 51st anniversary of the Gault decision), we’ll gather at the historic National Museum of Women in the Arts for The Story of Justice. It is our great pleasure to announce that NJDC is recognizing both Carrie Johnson, justice correspondent at NPR, and DLA Piper LLP (US), with the inaugural Norman Dorsen Award, dedicated to the late professor and civil rights attorney who forever changed the landscape of children’s rights in the United States. This award celebrates those like Mr. Dorsen who work outside of the children’s defense community and yet contribute so much to the fulfillment of equal protections for young people. If you’re interested in supporting The Story of Justice as a sponsor, learn more here.
The National Juvenile Justice Network will be hosting its 2018 Forum in Durham, N.C. from July 16 – 18 at the Duke University School of Law (210 Science Dr, Durham, NC 27708). This event, co-hosted by the Youth Justice Project of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and Duke Children’s Law Clinic, is meant to be a fun networking and training setting for juvenile justice advocates. July 16 and 17 will be open to NJJN members only, and the final day will be open to the public. For details on travel assistance, the current agenda, and lodging, please visit their site here.
Registration is now open for the 81st Annual National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Conference. The event this year will take place at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center from July 22 – 25. The conference will offer presentations/training tracks on topics such as family law, juvenile justice, child welfare, and family violence. This conference is judicially-focused and open to all those interested in the improvement of juvenile and family justice. For registration and further info, please visit the NCJFCJ website here.
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and the Council of State Governments Justice Center will host the 2018 Janet Reno Forum on May 21 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The forum will highlight strategies for restructuring juvenile justice systems to more effectively enhance public safety and improve outcomes for youth. The event will include the presentation of the second annual Janet Reno Endowment Women’s Leadership Award, and attendees will receive a publication featuring the highlighted strategies. Policymakers, practitioners, researchers, advocates, and other stakeholders are invited to attend. Please register here.
New details have been provided for the 2018 Defender Trial School. This event, cosponsored by the School of Government and the North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services, will be held Monday, July 9, through Friday, July 13, at the School of Government on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. The online registration deadline will be at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 25, and interested parties may register here. Defender Trial School participants will use their own cases to develop a cohesive theory of defense at trial and apply that theory through all stages of trial, including voir dire, opening and closing arguments, and direct and cross-examination. The program will offer approximately 30 hours of general CLE credit and qualifies for NC State Bar criminal law specialization credit, but attendees must attend all sessions. The Defender Trial School is open to public defenders and a limited number of private attorneys who perform a significant amount of appointed work. The registration fee for privately assigned counsel will be $700, which includes materials, breaks, lunches and parking, however Valerie Pearce and Tucker Charns can provide info for those interested in fellowships. For additional info, please check out the program webpage.
Registration is now open for the 2018 Southern Juvenile Defender Center Regional Summit. The event will take place from June 8 – 9 at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Partial scholarship assistance will be offered to assist with lodging expenses until May 7 and the hotel room block will remain open until May 11. For further details and to register for the event, please check the Eventbrite page here.
Registration is now open for N.C. Bar Association’s annual meeting, this year titled “The Future of Law”. This event will be hosted at the Wilmington Convention Center from June 21 – 24. For those who register before May 1, a President’s Luncheon ticket and 6.0 CLE credit hours will be included with the registration price. Topics covered will include artificial intelligence, virtual reality, design thinking in the law, and the future of legal service delivery. For further info and to register please check out the NCBA website and the event brochure.
On May 10, the N.C. Bar Association will be hosting “Raise the Age: A New Era for Juvenile Justice in North Carolina” at the N.C. Bar Center in Cary, from 8:25 a.m. to 3 p.m. This seminar promises to expand attendees’ understanding of the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act and its practical and ethical implications. Attendees will receive 5.5 CLE credits total, with 1.0 CLE credit in Ethics/Professional Responsibility and 4.5 General CLE credits. For further details about this event, please check the website here.
The Georgetown Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative (GJJI) is currently accepting applications for a Race and Justice Fellow, who will work with GJJI staff to improve the systems youth encounter through policy reform, and to develop resources to raise the level of practice among juvenile defenders across the county. Applications will be accepted until May 14. Please find the complete job description and application info here.
The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) will close applications for its staff attorney position on Monday, Apr. 30. The ideal candidate will have 2-4 years of experience, love writing, research, and critical thinking, and have a passion for advancing improvements in juvenile defense policy and practice. To read more about this position and how to apply, please check out the post here.
The UNC School of Government is seeking a tenure-track full-time permanent assistant professor of juvenile justice and criminal law. The selected candidate for this position will be expected “to write for, advise, plan courses for, and teach” public officials, including judges, magistrates, law enforcement, prosecutors and defenders. Applications will remain open until the position is filled. The expected starting date for the new hire will be July 1. Please find the full details for the position and how to apply here.
This wraps up the week. Please be sure to check out all of the upcoming training events and save the dates to get your CLE requirements knocked out faster! We will bring more updates in time and we wish you all a safe and happy weekend.