The end of another week and another week in review at the close of March 2019! This week we are bringing a new tip, a relevant blog post, and some reminders from the past weeks. Please note upcoming deadlines!
Tip of the Week – School Searches
Was your client searched at school? Was the SRO (school resource officer) involved? The lower standard for school officials only applies if: the SRO was involved at the request of the school official; involvement was minimal relative to the school official; SRO did not initiate the investigation, and did not direct the school official’s actions (In re D.D., 146 N.C. App. 309 (2001)). That means if the SRO is standing outside the door and the school official is consulting with the SRO regarding questioning your client – the SRO is directing the school official’s actions. Consider filing a motion to suppress the results of the search!
From Around the Community
From the UNC School of Government’s On the Civil Side blog, Jacqui Greene has posted a new blog this week discussing the 2018 amendments to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. In her post, Greene focuses on three specific changes regarding evidence-based and promising programs and practices, core requirements to address disproportionate minority contact, and requirements in identifying and treating mental health and substance abuse disorders. Please take a moment to read this post here.
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) is accepting applications for its Youth in Custody Certificate Program, to be held July 22 – 26 at Georgetown University in partnership with Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators. This training is designed to help juvenile justice system leaders and partners improve outcomes for youth in custodial settings, covering critical areas including racial and ethnic disparities, family engagement, assessment, case planning, facility-based education and treatment services, reentry planning and support, and culture change. Please apply by April 12.
The North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Juvenile Justice & Children’s Rights, Education Law, Criminal Justice Sections, and Minorities in the Profession Committee are proud to present the Racial Equity Institute’s (REI) “Groundwater Presentation: An Introduction to Racial Equity”! This free event will take place on May 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Bar Center (8000 Weston Parkway). More information and a link for registration will be available soon, but if you have any questions about the event, please contact Andi Bradford. (Please note that while the event is free for everyone to attend, no more than 175 attendees will be permitted, so please register early!)
Save the Date! The Southern Juvenile Defender Center will be hosting its 9th Annual Regional Summit on June 7th & 8th in New Orleans this year. More details should arrive soon, but please contact Randee Waldman or Richard Pittman with questions.
Job and Fellowship Opportunity
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 its second and final informational webinar on Thursday, 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.
The National Juvenile Defender Center is seeking a Mid-Level Staff Attorney with recent front-line juvenile defense experience to join our team. The staff attorney will be responsible for conducting extensive legal research, analysis, and writing; will respond to requests for assistance from juvenile defense attorneys or stakeholders in the field; and may be called upon to provide training. The staff attorney will work in partnership with our leadership team, staff, and community to advance NJDC’s mission and programs. The position encompasses a diverse set of responsibilities, including: provide direct support and technical assistance to juvenile defense attorneys, policy advocates, and other juvenile court stakeholders working to improve access to and the quality of juvenile defense representation at the state, local, tribal, and national levels; support juvenile defense practice and policy, generally, by conducting extensive legal research and analysis and drafting reports, articles, fact sheets, and advocacy tools; act as a liaison with NJDC’s network of regional juvenile defender centers; engage in critical and strategic analysis of issues impacting youth rights and equity; contribute to and manage an assigned portfolio of projects while also being available to assist other team members as needed; and collaborate with coalition partner organizations. For more instructions on how to apply and further job description details, please check here. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.