Salutations and thank you for joining us again! This week, in addition to the invaluable Tip of the Week and necessary reminders, we’ve got a new job posting. Also, please note that many deadlines job applications and event dates are approaching within the next week!
Tip of the Week – Calculations Matter
Make sure you calculate your client’s delinquency history correctly. It is reversible error if you do not advise your client of the most serious disposition s/he is exposed to (even if everyone agrees to a lower dispositional level). Feel free to use the disposition chart and prior record scoring sheet available here on our website.
From Around the Community
On Monday, Feb. 11, at 12:30 p.m., Duke Law School Professor Brandon L. Garrett and the Duke Criminal Law Society will be presenting and releasing their newest study, “Juvenile Life Without Parole in North Carolina”. Garrett was awarded a grant from the Charles Koch Foundation to study evidence to inform criminal justice policy. Through his research, Garrett prepared a report and will be sharing his findings with all attorneys working on juvenile cases at this event. For further information, please direct questions to Callie Thomas.
National Center for State Courts (NCSC) is currently looking to fill a position for a Principal Court Management Consultant that would be based in one of NCSC’s offices (Denver, CO; Arlington, VA, or HQ in Williamsburg, VA), or possibly teleworking when not traveling. NCSC is expanding its staff devoted to family and children’s issues and is hoping to get candidates with juvenile justice experience for this position. To apply and see more details about this position, please check here. The deadline for applications will be Friday, Feb. 15.
The deadline for electronic offers for the Office of Indigent Defense Services‘ Request for Proposals in Caswell, Person, Alamance, Orange, and Chatham counties will be Friday, Feb. 15. 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 and renew on June 1. 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. To access the RFP, please check here.
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. To apply for this course and find more details, please visit here. Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance no later than Friday, Feb. 15th.
The Office of the Juvenile Defender will be hosting a Juvenile Court Basics CLE on Feb. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cumberland County Courthouse. Assistant Juvenile Defender Kim Howes will be discussing the role of counsel, how to communicate with juvenile clients, dispositions, capacity, appeals, and so much more. Questions and concerns are welcome. Three general CLE credit hours are currently pending for this training. Please contact Marcus Thompson by email or call 919-890-1650 if you have questions.
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.