Information for Defenders

Welcome Defenders!

We are excited to introduce this easier to use forum to address your needs. If you need assistance on a case, feel free to call us at (919) 890-1650 or email us here. We are glad to brainstorm trial strategies, help you craft motions or legal arguments, or simply to debrief after a case.

Below you will find links to other agencies who can assist with your work representing youth accused delinquency. Please feel free to contact the partners directly or contact us if you would like for us to make a formal introduction.

Advocates for Children’s Services :Advocates for Children’s Services (ACS) is a statewide project of Legal Aid of North Carolina that focuses on serving children in the public education system. ACS’ cases involve: short-term suspension; long-term suspension; expulsion; involuntary transfers to alternative school; denial of enrollment; discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, sex, or disability; mistreatment by school security personnel; special education; bullying; and academic failure.

North Carolina Advocates for Justice: The North Carolina Advocates for Justice is a nonpartisan association of legal professionals dedicated to protecting people’s rights through community, education, and advocacy. NCAJ hosts a section devoted to developing defenders practicing in juvenile delinquency court. Please consider joining the Juvenile Defender section.

North Carolina Bar Association Juvenile Justice and Children’s Rights Section: The Juvenile Justice & Children’s Rights Section follows former Gov. Hunt’s Commission on Juvenile Crime and Justice. Goals include: encourage pro bono work in areas of law affecting children; provide training and education for attorneys, judges and the public; and raise the status of juvenile representation as well as the standard of practice in those areas.

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction: DPI implements the state’s public school laws and policies and procedures governing pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in public education.

North Carolina Department of Public Safety:  DPS provides information on various youth services and resources by county, including contact information for court counselors, youth shelters, and community service programs.

National Juvenile Defender Center: NJDC provides support to public defenders, appointed counsel, law school clinical programs and non-profit law centers to ensure quality representation in urban, suburban, rural and tribal areas. NJDC offers a wide range of integrated services to juvenile defenders, including training, technical assistance, advocacy, networking, collaboration, capacity building and coordination.  (This site also hosts a N.C. page dedicated to OJD and other N.C. organizations’ work to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark In re Gault decision.)

Action for Children: Formerly N.C. Child implements a variety of strategies to promote effective public policy that benefits children in North Carolina.

UNC School of Government: UNC SOG provides many useful resources, including the “On the Civil Side” blog, and training.

Youth Justice NC: YJNC is an organization of law and policy experts, practitioners, and advocates committed to ensuring fair, supportive, and effective public education and juvenile justice systems in North Carolina. YJNC’s current focus is on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, a system of laws, policies, and practices that push students out of school and into the juvenile and criminal systems.

What exactly is a YDC or Detention Center?: This YouTube video explains what Detention Centers and Youth Development Centers (YDC) are, the differences and what attorneys, parents, and youth can expect if their adjudication includes a stay in either. Please watch this short video created by NC DPS.

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