Hello again. This week we’ve got an update on the NCDPS website and a new program we thought would be worth promoting regarding school-justice partnerships. Also, please note that some opportunities are closing soon.
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety has added a Raise the Age page link to their homepage. The RTA page was previously available, but with the new link it is much easier to locate. This page contains links to multiple resources related to RTA including the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act, past presentations/reports on the need to raise the age, and documents explaining school-justice partnerships.
Applications for the Assistant Defender position with the Michigan State Appellate Defender Office’s (SADO) Juvenile Lifer Unit close today. The Unit is composed of seven attorneys and four mitigation specialists representing over a hundred clients where prosecutors are again seeking life without parole sentences. The ideal candidate will have experience in death penalty phase or juvenile lifer resentencing hearings, experience in both trial and appellate courts, and experience negotiating with prosecutors, preparing mitigation for clients, and working with expert witnesses. The project is funded through October 2019 for now, but funding will likely continue as the work will not be complete by then. To view the full job description and see how to apply please review the complete job posting 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.
From Around the Community
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 early bird deadline to register ends on June 1.
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform has released a request for applications for the 2018 School-Justice Partnerships and Diversion Pathways Certificate Program to be held Sept. 24 – 28, in Washington, D.C. This program, held in partnership with the American Institutes for Research and the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, will provide an intensive, week-long training to help school and district staff, court professionals, law enforcement, and child serving leaders address the needs of youth involved in or at risk of entering the juvenile justice system. The deadline for applications will be June 15.
Registration is still open for the 2018 Southern Juvenile Defender Center Regional Summit. The event will take place on June 8 and 9 at the University of South Carolina School of Law. For further details and to register for the event, please check the Eventbrite page here.
The 2018 Defender Trial School, 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 open for the 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. 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.
Please save the dates for the 2018 Parent Attorney and Juvenile Defender Conferences. Parent Attorney Conference will be held Thursday, August 16 and Juvenile Defender Conference will be held Friday, August 17. Both conferences, cosponsored by the School of Government and the Office of Indigent Defense Services, will be held at the School of Government on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, offer approximately six hours of CLE credit, and feature speakers from across the state. Registration will open in mid-June with a formal announcement and full details.
Thank you for checking out this week’s wrap-up. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!