Welcome back! This week we’re bringing attention to an update on our “Materials” page, a new tip, a fellowship opportunity, and training announcements.
Tip of the Week – Was Your Client’s Parent Present?
Any juvenile under the age of 16 must have a parent present for any in-custody interview. Any statement made without the parent’s presence is not admissible into evidence (§7B-2101(b)). Remember – “in-custody” is an objective test and uses the “reasonable juvenile” standard!
We have updated our case summaries list, including new cases such as In re E.M. and In re B.B. and removing the broken links for all cases that took place prior to 2006. Please feel free to download and review these cases as needed here. If you find any issue with the document or its links, please contact our office.
The National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) is now accepting applications to the 2019 Youth Justice Leadership Institute! The Institute is a year-long fellowship program focused on developing a strong base of well-prepared and well-equipped advocates and organizers who reflect the communities most affected by juvenile justice system practices and policies. This program is geared towards individuals of color working as professionals in the juvenile justice field, who may also be young adults who are system survivors themselves, or family members of someone in the system. Each year, 10 fellows from across the country are selected to develop their leadership and advocacy skills in the context of a robust curriculum around youth justice reform. The fellowship is completed concurrently with fellows’ current employment, so fellows do not have to leave their jobs to participate in the Institute. The fellowship includes two fully financed retreats, mentoring and frequent distance learning opportunities. Interested in learning more about the Institute, or know someone who might be? NJJN will be hosting two informational webinars on March 21 and April 4, led by the Institute’s coordinator, Diana Onley-Campbell. To learn more or apply, find additional info here, or please register for one of the informational webinars here. The deadline to apply for the fellowship will be 11:59 p.m. on April 29th.
Registration for the “2019 Regional Training for Indigent Defense: Special Issues in Felony Cases” is now open to IDS contract attorneys and to privately assigned counsel representing indigent clients. The training will focus on special issues in felony cases and include a two hour session on gangs. The Regional Training will be held on Thursday, March 21 at the East Carolina Heart Institute (ECHI) at ECU, located at 115 Heart Drive, Greenville, NC 27834. The training will take place in the Conference Room beginning at 12:45 p.m. Free parking is available in the visitor lots adjacent to ECHI as well as the Family Medicine building next door. Refreshments will be provided. To register and to find additional program information, visit their course page here. The registration deadline for the Regional Training is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18. The registration fee is $95.00, which includes materials, CLE credit, and snacks. The training will offer 3.0 hours of general CLE credit. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Program Attorney, Austine Long at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.962.9594 or Program Manager, Tanya Jisa at email@example.com or 919.843.8981.
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. For more details, please visit here.
Call to Action!
North Carolina is in need of dedicated defenders today! With the expected increase of juvenile defense cases following the full implementation of Raise the Age, North Carolina’s juvenile defender community will be in need of quality juvenile defense attorneys. We want to encourage attorneys with a passion for protecting our most vulnerable populations, whether you possess decades of experience or you’ve been practicing for just over five years, to consider specializing now. We also want attorneys fresh out of law school and those currently in law school to plan to take the specialization exam later in their career. For details on specializing in North Carolina, please check out the link here (links also available on the sidebar). Applications for the specialization exam with the N.C. State Bar should be open between May and July this year. For additional resources and information about specializing, please check out the National Juvenile Defender Center’s page here.