Happy Friday! We hope that everyone had a safe and enjoyable July 4th week/holiday. This week we’ve got a new resource added to our Raise the Age page and there are lots of deadlines approaching for those of you who may have seen something of interest, but have been procrastinating a bit in the past month…
Also, for all N.C. juvenile defenders who may know someone just getting into this specialized field, be sure to direct them to our blog, Facebook, and Twitter, and ask them to contact us about joining our listerv as well!
The Office of the Juvenile Defender (OJD) has recently hosted a few Raise the Age (RTA) Regional Information Meetings across the state, and for those of you who have been unable to attend these discussions, we now have a general presentation prepared. On our Raise the Age page (listed under the “Materials for Defenders” tab), you can now find a 13-minute presentation (created by Juvenile Defender Eric Zogry with assistance from the AOC media team) that offers a concise breakdown of the RTA legislation, anticipated changes and issues, and important dates. This presentation only offers a quick review of RTA, but if you are able to attend any of the Regional Information Meetings, please come out and join us for a more in-depth discussion on OJD’s plans and how the law may affect your practice and district specifically.
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, but applications received before the end of today, will be given priority. 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 filled but priority will be given to applications received by Tuesday, July 10, 2018. 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.
From Around the Community
Late & onsite registration will still be available for the 81st Annual National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Conference until Friday, July 20. 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 Office of the Juvenile Defender (OJD) will be hosting a Regional Raise the Age Information Meeting in Asheville on July 20th 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.
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 2018 Parent Attorney and Juvenile Defender Conferences. 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. Attendees must register for both conferences separately and the deadline for registration will be August 3 at 5 p.m. 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 reading through this week’s wrap-up. We hope to have more news you can use in the near future.