Happy Friday. This week we’ve got a new tip, but mostly deadline reminders. Quite a few deadlines happening today actually…
Tip of the Week – Can I Ask for a Prosecutorial Deferral
Today is the last day to apply for the National Center for State Courts (NCSC)‘s Principal Court Management Consultant position. This position would be based in one of NCSC’s offices (Denver, CO; Arlington, VA, or HQ in Williamsburg, VA), or possibly teleworking when not traveling. NCSC is expanding its staff devoted to family and children’s issues and is hoping to get candidates with juvenile justice experience for this position. To apply and see more details about this position, please check here.
Today will be the last day for electronic offers for the Office of Indigent Defense Services‘ Request for Proposals in Caswell, Person, Alamance, Orange, and Chatham counties. The current contracts for adult noncapital criminal cases at the trial level and per session court cases in those districts will expire on May 31 and renew on June 1. The RFP (RFP #16-0002R) seeks services for adult noncapital criminal cases at the trial level, juvenile delinquency, abuse/neglect/dependency and termination of parental rights, and treatment courts. Please note that the RFP will not seek offers for potentially capital cases at the trial level, direct appeals or post-conviction cases. Also, the juvenile delinquency RFP will only include Caswell, Alamance, and Person counties. To access the RFP, please check here.
On March 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., the UNC School of Government (SOG) will be hosting the first North Carolina Criminal Justice Summit in the the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Carolina Club. The Summit will be lead by SOG’s own Professor of Public Law and Government Jessica Smith and will feature national and state experts with broad-ranging ideological perspectives who will discuss key issues capturing attention in North Carolina and around the nation, including bail reform, overcriminalization, and barriers to re-entry, such as fines and fees, the criminal record, and collateral consequences. Join the conversation as they explore how these issues impact justice, public safety and economic prosperity in North Carolina, and whether there is common ground to address them. This event will be free to attend, lunch will be provided, and it offers 5 hours of CJE and free CLE credit. Attendees are responsible for their travel expenses, including a $14 event parking fee. For those arriving the night before, state rate and discounted rooms at local hotels will be available. To apply for this course and find more details, please visit here. Applicants should be notified regarding acceptance by today.
The Office of the Juvenile Defender will be hosting a Juvenile Court Basics CLE on Feb. 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Cumberland County Courthouse. Assistant Juvenile Defender Kim Howes will be discussing the role of counsel, how to communicate with juvenile clients, dispositions, capacity, appeals, and so much more. Questions and concerns are welcome. Four general CLE credit hours are approved for this training. Please contact Marcus Thompson by email or call 919-890-1650 if you have questions.
From Around the Community
On Monday, Feb. 11, at the Duke Law Building, Duke Law School Professor Brandon L. Garrett and the Duke Criminal Law Society presented their newest study, “Juvenile Life Without Parole in North Carolina”. Along with a great panel, which included Assistant Appellate Defender David Andrews, N.C. Prisoner Legal Services Staff Attorney Ben Finholt, and N.C. State Representative Pricey Harrison, the presentation engaged and enlightened the audience about the misuse of juvenile life without parole in N.C. Garrett was awarded a grant from the Charles Koch Foundation to study evidence to inform criminal justice policy. Through his research, Garrett prepared the report now available here. To read our coverage of the event, please check out our blog post here.