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Self-Assessment Tool

The Juvenile Committee of the National Association for Public Defense (NAPD) and NJDC developed a Juvenile Defense Self-Assessment Tool that is intended to create an opportunity to reflect on practices in public defender offices pertaining to the defense of juveniles in delinquency proceedings.

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Watch NJDC’s Former Executive Director at TEDxFoggyBottom

In April, NJDC’s then Executive Director Kim Dvorchak spoke at TEDxFoggyBottom 2016 on access to counsel for children in juvenile court. “It’s common sense, but not common practice,” she said. See the entire video.

Summit 2016

The 20th annual National Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit was held in Atlanta, GA from Oct. 28-30, 2016. Materials from the workshops and general sessions are now available.


Attorney General Loretta Lynch addressed the Summit via video to share her thoughts and appreciation for the important work of juvenile defense attorneys around the country.

Honoring Gault: Ensuring Access to Counsel in Delinquency Proceedings

In partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, we released “Honoring Gault: Ensuring Access to Counsel in Delinquency Proceedings,” an information card to promote judicial leadership in fulfilling children’s constitutional right to representation in juvenile court.

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National Judicial Organization Issue Anti-Shackling Resolution

The National Counsel of Juvenile and Family Court Judges issues a resolution calling for limits on the use of shackles in juvenile courts as part of a trauma-informed and developmentally appropriate approach to juvenile justice.

National Juvenile Defender Center 

NJDC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting justice for all children by ensuring excellence in juvenile defense. Through community building, training, and policy reform, we provide national leadership on juvenile defense issues with a focus on the deprivation of young people’s rights in the court system. Our reach extends to urban, suburban, rural, and tribal areas, where we elevate the voices of youth, families, and defenders to create positive case outcomes and meaningful opportunities for children. We also work with broad coalitions to ensure that the reform of juvenile courts includes the protection of children’s rights–particularly the right to counsel.

 A New Kind of Training

JTIP Small GroupDeveloping a specialization in juvenile defense through new and innovative training programs that can be tailored for any jurisdiction.

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