OJD Week In Review: Oct. 23-27

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Last weekend, from Oct. 20-22, the National Juvenile Defender Center held its 21st Annual Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit in Albuquerque, NM.

During this year’s Summit, topics included challenging the use of electronic monitoring in juvenile court, the impact of social media, acquiring discovery, unfair fines and fees imposed on youth and their families, expunction, and education advocacy.  N.C. Juvenile Defender Eric Zogry also joined a panel alongside Joshua Dohan, director of the Youth Advocacy Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Massachusetts, and Devon Lee, legal counsel for the Office of the State Public Defender in Wisconsin, to discuss the challenges and successes of juvenile defense systems in different states.

Other faculty attending the conference included Teayra Turner, project associate at the National Juvenile Defender Center, Richard Ross, a photographer, researcher and Distinguished Professor of Art at the University of CaliforniaRandee Waldman, director of the Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic at Emory University School of Law, and Justice Barbara Vigil of the New Mexico Supreme Court, among many others.  Please find the full list of materials, publications, and other resources from the event here.

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Useful Tidbits

The Bureau of Justice Statistics has released a new special report on “Federal Prosecution of Commercial Exploitation of Children.”  This report examines cases prosecuted in the federal criminal court system between 2004 to 2013 and includes offenses related to the possession and production of child pornography and child sex trafficking.

The National Juvenile Justice Network has released a new policy platform which provides recommendations on improving relationships between law enforcement and youth of color.  The recommendations in this document include ending the militarization of law enforcement, racial profiling, and policies on use of force.  The full article can be found here.

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Strategies for Youth (SFY) has provided two new resources in its October newsletter.  The first of these resources, “The Parent Checklist“, is a tool that has been updated to address how school resource officers (SRO) are trained to handle and informed of the conditions of students with special needs and children with immigrant status.  The checklist also has sections to evaluate how parents are notified of complaints against their child, how resource officers are trained, the working agreements between law enforcement and schools, and SROs’ relationships with school faculty.  The second resource, “Be Her Resource“, is actually only referenced by SFY, but created by the National Black Women’s Justice Institute and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality.  “Be Her Resource” offers insights into the disproportionate contact between for girls of color and law enforcement in schools.

Last Chances and New Opps

We also want to offer one final reminder that applications for the NJDC Gault Fellowship are due on Monday, Oct. 30.  Tell any recent law school graduates you know to hurry and get those references, resumes, and cover letters polished!  The full details for how to apply can be found here.

NJDC has also distributed info for an opening for a full-time training chief with the Massachusetts-based Committee for Public Counsel and an opening for an assistant public defender for juvenile delinquency in the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.  The deadline for applications are Nov. 6 and Nov. 13, respectively.

Those are all of the updates we have for now, but we will be providing more news and activities on next week.  Have a great weekend!

Registration Opens for 2017 SJDC Regional Summit: Celebrating Gault at 50

The Southern Juvenile Defender Center welcomes you to our seventh annual regional summit hosted by the Barton Child Law & Policy Center at Emory University School of Law. We invite you to come together with your colleagues from across the Southern states to participate in a one-of-a-kind program to celebrate the 50th anniversary of In re Gault.

Event Details:  The Summit will take place at Emory Law School, 1301 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322 on June 2-3, 2017.

Lodging Details: A room block has been reserved at the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Decatur. To book your room at the discounted rate of $149 per night plus tax, you may call Marriott Central Reservations, 1-888-236-2427 and mention Emory Law School/SJDC room block. You may also make reservations online at http://cwp.marriott.com/atldc/emorylawschoolsjdc. You may need to enter the special group code ELSELSA for king rooms or ELSELSB for double queen rooms. Rooms must be reserved by May 8, 2017.

Scholarship Information: Partial scholarship assistance is available to cover lodging expenses. Scholarship recipients must be willing to share a two-bed hotel room with another attendee and to pay $25 per night toward the cost of the room. To inquire about a scholarship, contact Randee J. Waldman at rwaldm2@emory.edu and Whitney Untiedt at whitney.untiedt@akerman.com.

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Registration Link: http://tinyurl.com/SJDCsummit2017.

Please register for the summit by May 11, 2017.

Note: Failure to cancel your registration for the SJDC Regional Summit by May 25, 2017 will result in a $100.00 fee payable to SJDC.

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7th Annual SJDC Regional Summit

Save the date!  The Southern Juvenile Defender Center will be hosting its 7th Annual Regional Summit on June 2nd and 3rd at the Emory Law School in Atlanta, Georgia this year.  This year’s summit will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landmark In re Gault case, which established that every child is ensured the right to a lawyer and allowed the same due process rights as adults in criminal court.  For more information on this event, please contact Whitney Untiedt at whitney.untiedt@akerman.com or Randee Waldman at rwaldm2@emory.edu.

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