OJD Week in Review: Dec. 31 – Jan. 4

Happy New Year!  We’re starting the year off with a great new podcast, a couple of training and job opportunity reminders, a new free resource and a new tip for you (just because we know you’ve been missing them for the last few weeks).

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Talk to your client about the impacts of an adjudication.  While not as public as adult criminal convictions, juvenile adjudications may impact the following: immigration status, educational placement, housing conditions, eligibility to play sports, placement on a sex offender registry (in N.C. or other states) and others.  Always consider the long-term consequences of what may first appear to be a short-term decision.

New Resources

Before the close of 2018, we had the pleasure of sitting down with forensic psychologist Dr. Cindy Cottle, to discuss juvenile psychological development on our podcast.  In this new segment, we talk about Roper v. Simmons, what juvenile defenders should know before contacting an evaluator, the impact that involvement in our current juvenile justice system can have on the mental health of youth, and much more.  You can listen to the podcast here.

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While not exactly a new resource, we wanted to make sure everyone was aware that the School of Government’s Legislative Reporting Service (LRS) is now FREE!  This site provides legislative summaries of everything coming out of the N.C. General Assembly including filed bills, committee substitutes and amendments, floor amendments, and conference reports.  The site also offers tools to assist you in organizing the bills and reports that most interest you.  You can check it out here.

Job Opportunities

Juvenile Law Center in Pennsylvania is currently accepting applications for a Staff Attorney, who will work in a highly collegial atmosphere with attorneys, communications, development, and operations staff, and in partnership with colleagues around the state and country.  The work will include litigation, policy advocacy, public education, media advocacy, legal and non-legal writing, training, technical assistance, coordinating state or national reform efforts including organizing and facilitating meetings, and other duties as assigned.  The Staff Attorney will think strategically about opportunities to advocate for child welfare and justice systems that are developmentally appropriate, racially equitable, and supportive of youth, families and communities.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until Friday, Jan. 11.  To apply, please go here.

On Dec. 1, Indigent Defense Services (IDS) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) 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, 2019 and renew on June 1, 2019.  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.  The deadline for electronic offers is Feb. 15.  To access the RFP, please check here.

Training

The deadline for applications for the 2019 Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) Summer Academy is Sunday, Jan. 13.  The JTIP Summer Academy is an annual seven-day intensive training program comprised of sessions from the JTIP curriculum, developed by the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) in conjunction with experts and practitioners from around the country.  It is intended for attorneys who currently defend youth in juvenile court proceedings.  The Academy is targeted at both new and experienced juvenile defenders.  New defenders will develop the skills they need to zealously represent their clients.  More experienced juvenile defenders will have the opportunity to refine their skills and enhance their effectiveness by employing defense strategies that incorporate the unique aspects of representing youth in delinquency cases.  The program is also designed to build community and equip juvenile defenders with skills they can share with colleagues in their home state.  The JTIP Summer Academy is co-hosted by the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) and Georgetown Law’s Juvenile Justice Clinic & Initiative.  To apply, please find a PDF version of the application here.

Save the date!  The 2019 Regional Training for Indigent Defense: Special Issues in Complex Felony Cases will be held on March 21 at the East Carolina Heart Institute at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.  The training will focus on topics relevant to criminal law practitioners and is open to IDS contract attorneys and privately assigned counsel.  Participants will receive three general CLE credit hours.  Registration should open later this month.

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That is our wrap-up for the first Friday of 2019!  Please check us out on Twitter and join us on the OJD Facebook page for other news and updates throughout the week and we will have more to come soon.

OJD Week in Review: May 7 – 11

Hello, juvenile justice warriors.  This week we’ve got a new job opportunity and a new webinar added to the list of reminders for upcoming event and application deadlines.

Training

Registration is still open for the 2018 Southern Juvenile Defender Center Regional Summit.  Today will be the last day the hotel room block for this event will remain open.  The event will take place on June 8 and 9 at the University of South Carolina School of Law.  For further details and to register for the event, please check the Eventbrite page here.

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The 2018 Defender Trial School, cosponsored by the School of Government and the North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services, will be held Monday, July 9, through Friday, July 13, at the School of Government on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.  The online registration deadline will be at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 25, and interested parties may register here.  Defender Trial School participants will use their own cases to develop a cohesive theory of defense at trial and apply that theory through all stages of trial, including voir dire, opening and closing arguments, and direct and cross-examination.  The program will offer approximately 30 hours of general CLE credit and qualifies for NC State Bar criminal law specialization credit, but attendees must attend all sessions.  The Defender Trial School is open to public defenders and a limited number of private attorneys who perform a significant amount of appointed work.  The registration fee for privately assigned counsel will be $700, which includes materials, breaks, lunches and parking, however Valerie Pearce and Tucker Charns can provide info for those interested in fellowships.  For additional info, please check out the program webpage.

Registration is open for the N.C. Bar Association’s annual meeting, this year titled “The Future of Law”.   This event will be hosted at the Wilmington Convention Center from June 21 – 24.  Topics covered will include artificial intelligence, virtual reality, design thinking in the law, and the future of legal service delivery.  For further info and to register please check out the NCBA website and the event brochure.

New Resource

Earlier this week we added the Miller Strategy Handout to the “Trial Motions and Forms Index” section of our website’s “Materials for Defenders” tab.  We hope that this handout will provide additional info to benefit defenders representing juvenile clients in first-degree murder cases and any case transferred to superior court.

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From Around the Community

You’re invited to join the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) as we celebrate the transformational power of stories; a power that honors the dignity and humanity of every child.  On Tuesday, May 15 (OJD Note: the 51st anniversary of the Gault decision), we’ll gather at the historic National Museum of Women in the Arts for The Story of Justice.  It is our great pleasure to announce that NJDC is recognizing both Carrie Johnson, justice correspondent at NPR, and DLA Piper LLP (US), with the inaugural Norman Dorsen Award, dedicated to the late professor and civil rights attorney who forever changed the landscape of children’s rights in the United States.  This award celebrates those like Mr. Dorsen who work outside of the children’s defense community and yet contribute so much to the fulfillment of equal protections for young people.  If you’re interested in supporting The Story of Justice as a sponsor, learn more here.

Also on May 15 at 1 p.m., the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators will host “LGBTQI Youth in Juvenile Justice Settings: Closing the Gap between Recommended Practice and Reality.”  In this webinar presenters will discuss improving the the safety of and reducing violence against LGBTQI youth in corrections and helping this population develop prosocial skills.  To register for this webinar, please check the link here.

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and the Council of State Governments Justice Center will host the 2018 Janet Reno Forum on May 21 at  Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.  The forum will highlight strategies for restructuring juvenile justice systems to more effectively enhance public safety and improve outcomes for youth.  The event will include the presentation of the second annual Janet Reno Endowment Women’s Leadership Award, and attendees will receive a publication featuring the highlighted strategies.  Policymakers, practitioners, researchers, advocates, and other stakeholders are invited to attend.  Please register here.

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 81st Annual National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Conference.  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 early bird deadline to register ends on June 1.

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Job Opportunities

The Michigan State Appellate Defender Office (SADO) is seeking an Assistant Defender for its Juvenile Lifer Unit.  The Unit is composed of seven attorneys and four mitigation specialists representing over a hundred clients where prosecutors are again seeking life without parole sentences.  The ideal candidate will have experience in death penalty phase or juvenile lifer resentencing hearings, experience in both trial and appellate courts, and experience negotiating with prosecutors, preparing mitigation for clients, and working with expert witnesses.  The project is funded through October 2019 for now, but funding will likely continue as the work will not be complete by then.  To view the full job description and see how to apply please review the complete job posting here.

The Georgetown Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative (GJJI) is currently accepting applications for a Race and Justice Fellow, who will work with GJJI staff to improve the systems youth encounter through policy reform, and to develop resources to raise the level of practice among juvenile defenders across the county.  Applications will be accepted until May 14.  Please find the complete job description and application info here.

The UNC School of Government is seeking a tenure-track full-time permanent assistant professor of juvenile justice and criminal law.  The selected candidate for this position will be expected “to write for, advise, plan courses for, and teach” public officials, including judges, magistrates, law enforcement, prosecutors and defenders.  Applications will remain open until the position is filled.  The expected starting date for the new hire will be July 1.  Please find the full details for the position and how to apply here.

That is all for now.  Feel free to reach out to us via phone, the listserv, or email if you ever need assistance, and follow us on Twitter or even share on the NCOJD Facebook page if you feel so inclined.  Until next time, we bid everyone a safe and happy weekend!

OJD Week in Review: Dec. 11-15

This week, as we get closer to Christmas, our gifts to you are… more reminders for training!

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Training Now and For the Year to Come

The National Juvenile Defender Center and the Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Clinic are now accepting applications for the 2018 Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) Summer Academy.  This annual week-long intensive training offers juvenile defenders a specially-tailored curriculum developed by juvenile defense experts from across the country that will enhance the defenders’ ability to provide the best representation for their clients.  The 2018 JTIP Summer Academy will be held at Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C. from June 10-16.  This event is open exclusively to frontline defenders.  Applications must be submitted to lawjtipsummer@georgetown.edu no later than Jan. 15, 2018, and a nonrefundable $200 deposit is required for each participant upon registration, which will cover training materials and CLE credit approval.  All participants will be responsible for their own housing and travel expenses, and should plan accordingly to attend for the full week.  To apply and to find more details, please find an application here or you may also visit their website.  Also, check out Drew Kukorowski’s post where he briefly recounts his experience in the program in 2016, which can be found here on our blog.

Registration is now open for the Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking.  Hosted by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in collaboration with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and Rights4Girls, this interactive training will include hypothetical scenarios, case scenarios, lectures, small group discussions, and practical courtroom exercises focused on the issue of child sex trafficking in the U.S.  This free training will be held in Asheville on Feb. 12-14.  Judges and judicial officers are encouraged to register here.

On Dec. 19, from 3-4 p.m. OJJDP in collaboration with The Innocent Justice Foundation will host a free webinar titled “Maintaining Your Balance – Resiliency Action Plan.”  This webinar is intended to assist law enforcement and other juvenile justice professionals in developing a resiliency action plan to help them succeed in both their professional and personal lives after experiencing “vicarious trauma due to their work regarding commercial sexual exploitation of children and violence and abuse against children.”  To register for this please check out their website here.

Registration is now officially open for “Regional Training for Indigent Defense:  Defending Sexual Offenses”, hosted by the UNC School of Government.  This CLE will focus on defending sexual offenses with sessions on physical evidence, cross-examining experts, and motions and legal issues.  The event will be held on Feb. 8, 2018 at 1801 Nash St., Sanford, N.C. in the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center.  This program is open to all IDS contract attorneys and privately assigned counsel representing indigent clients and will offer 3.0 hours of CLE credit.  There is an $85 registration fee that will cover CLE credits, snacks, and materials.  The deadline for registration will be 5 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2018.  Please find further details and register here.

That wraps up this week.  While news may be light in the juvenile defense community as we round out the year, we will do our best to keep everyone updated and reminded of the training and job opportunities available.  Be sure to like and subscribe to our social media channels, and we will have more to come soon!

Applications Are Open for 2018 JTIP Summer Academy

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The National Juvenile Defender Center and the Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Clinic are now accepting applications for the 2018 Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) Summer Academy.  This annual week-long intensive training offers juvenile defenders a specially-tailored curriculum developed by juvenile defense experts from across the country that will enhance their ability to provide the best representation for their clients.  The 2018 JTIP Summer Academy will be held at Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C. from June 10-16.

This event is open exclusively to frontline defenders.  Applications must be submitted to lawjtipsummer@georgetown.edu no later than Jan. 15, 2018, and a nonrefundable $200 deposit is required for each participant upon registration, which will cover training materials and CLE credit approval.  All participants will be responsible for their own housing and travel expenses, and should plan accordingly to attend for the full week.  To apply and to find more details, please find an application here or you may also visit their website.

Also, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the program and hesitant about applying, one juvenile defender, Drew Kukorowski of the Council for Children’s Rights, reflected on his own experiences during the 2016 JTIP Summer Academy.  He stated that it is “exhausting, but it’s also exhilarating” and “was without question the most informative, innovative, and practical legal training I’ve ever attended.”  In his writing, which can be found here on our blog, Kukorowski encourages all defenders to apply to the program.

2017 JTIP Summer Academy Is Now Accepting Applications

The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) and the Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Clinic have just announced that they are accepting applications for the 2017 Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) Summer Academy.  The JTIP Summer Academy, described as an “intensive and interactive juvenile defender training program”, will be held at Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C. from June 11-17, 2017.

New and experienced front-line defenders are encouraged to apply using the PDF found here (please save file as First Name Last Name), and all applications are to be submitted to lawjtipsummer@georgetown.edu no later than January 13th, 2017, 11:59 PM EST.  Participants will be required to cover their own travel expenses and accommodations and pay a nonrefundable $200 tuition fee for the JTIP Summer Academy.  Space is limited and only selected participants can be accommodated for the event.  Selected attendees must also plan to attend the event for the entire week.

Drew Kukorowski of the Council for Children’s Rights recounted some of his experiences in an OJD blog post after participating in the week-long program earlier this year.  He stated that it is “exhausting, but it’s also exhilarating” and “was without question the most informative, innovative, and practical legal training I’ve ever attended”.  Drew also encourages all defenders in N.C. to apply for next summer’s program.

You can find more details about the upcoming summer program below and in the links above.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Years and scope of experience in defense practice;
  • Years and scope of experience in juvenile defense practice;
  • Current juvenile caseload;
  • Geographic location;
  • Public defenders and private practitioners;
  • Diversity.

 

CALENDAR OF ACTIONS

Application Deadline – January 13th, 2017, 11:59 PM EST

Admission decisions announced – February 17, 2017

Deadline for admitted applicants to register and pay – April 3, 2017

Summer Academy – June 11-17, 2017 at Georgetown Law, Washington, DC 

 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Must be a front-line defender to apply.