Congratulations on making it to the end of another week! And this has been another eventful week, so there is a bit of new content to be shared once again.
On our “Materials for Defenders” page, we’ve added the documents from the “2018 Advocating for Youth Charged with First Degree Murder” training. You can review the info from this March training under the “Training Material – Listed by Training Program” section.
From Around the Community
The Office of the Juvenile Defender (OJD) will be hosting a Regional Raise the Age Information Meeting in Asheville on today, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held in the Jury Assembly, Room 272, of the Judicial Complex (60 Court Plaza, Asheville, N.C. 28801). As with the previous regional information meetings, all juvenile defenders, especially those in Buncombe and its surrounding counties, are invited to attend. We will discuss the Raise the Age law, OJD’s plan in response to it, and what issues should be addressed going forward. This will be a discussion, so please bring any of your questions, comments, and concerns about Raise the Age. If you have questions prior to the meeting, please contact Marcus Thompson by email or call us 919-890-1650.
Today is the last day for late & onsite registration of 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.
We would like to bring attention to a recent post on the UNC School of Government blog regarding threats and false reports of mass violence. In this post, Jamie Markham discusses sections 1 and 2 of House Bill 670, specifically touching on the ambiguity of the new conditional discharge.
Also, if you haven’t checked it out already, please take a moment to read our discussion on school-justice partnerships with LaToya Powell. This Q&A covers what school-justice partnerships are and the potential benefits and challenges we may see once the programs are implemented.
Job /Funding Opportunity
The Governor’s Crime Commission is soliciting proposals to conduct an assessment study of specific aspects of disproportionate minority contact within the state’s juvenile justice system. The award will be in the range of $50,000 to $100,000 for a six-month period. Interested parties can download a copy of the Request for Proposal (RFP) document here. Proposals will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6. For additional information, please check out the GCC website, or if you have questions, contact Lead Juvenile Justice Planner Carlotta Winstead by email or call 919-733-4564.
The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) is currently seeking a research manager. The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of experience, a commitment to advancing improvements in juvenile defense policy and practice, a love of research, writing, and critical thinking, and an eagerness to build a career at the intersection of youth justice and social change. The selected candidate will be responsible for developing and executing research efforts to advance NJDC’s mission, and strengthening the empirical qualities and evaluating the impact of NJDC’s work on the community. This position will remain open until filled. For more information please check here.
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) in Massachusetts is currently accepting applications for a Deputy Chief Counsel of the Private Counsel Division, who is a member of the senior management team that develops and implements fiscal, operational, human resource, and legislative policies. The Private Counsel Division is responsible for delivering legal services to indigent clients through assigned private attorneys in criminal defense trial and post-conviction cases as well as commitment and registration cases for persons convicted of sex offenses. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For more info please check here.
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice still has an opening for an executive director. The ideal candidate will have strong organizational, communication, and leadership skills, a demonstrated passion for social and racial justice, and experience in developing successful relationships in diverse communities. For the full job description, please check the post here, and to apply please send all queries here.
Registration is open for the 2018 Parent Attorney and Juvenile Defender Conferences until 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. The 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. The conferences are free for IDS state employees but there is a $165 registration fee for privately assigned counsel. You can register and find further details regarding the Parent Attorney Conference here, or go here for the Juvenile Defender Conference. For any questions about the conference, please contact Tanya Jisa, or for questions about the course content, please contact Austine Long.
Save the Date! The Bridging The Gap III Seminar will be in Winston-Salem September 20-21, 2018. Participants in this seminar will be awarded 10.25 CLE credit hours, including 1.5 credit hours in ethics, professional responsibility and professionalism. The registration fee is $115.00. The focus of this seminar will be on client and family relations, and pretrial resolution. Registration and hotel information will be published in early July. A block of 40 rooms will be available once the registration is published. For an attorney to attend he or she must have at least 7 years’ experience. The “ gap” in Bridging The Gap describes lawyers who have never taken murder cases and are considering taking them on, and lawyers who have taken non-capital murder cases and are considering taking capital cases. The seminar, hosted by the Office of the Capital Defender, focuses on issues relevant to both non-capital and capital murder cases. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Terry Alford.
Thank you for joining us this week! We have more news and features planned for the future, so check back soon.