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Patti Lee
There are defender champions around the country making incredible marks in the field of juvenile defense. Here’s more on one of those trailblazers making a difference and protecting the rights of kids.

 MACEI 2012 Winner

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NJDC was a 2012 winner of the MacArthur Creative and Effective Institutions (MACEI) award. Watch our video.

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Check out NJDC’s array of free publications.

NJDC Announces New Executive Director

Kim DvorchakThe NJDC Board of Directors has selected Kim Dvorchak as our new Executive Director, effective August 10, 2015. Please join us in congratulating Kim.

DOJ: Kids Must Have Meaningful Access to Lawyers

The Department of Justice takes a strong stance that state courts must provide youth with meaningful access to counsel. In a Statement of Interest filed in a Georgia state court, the DOJ says that courts need to ensure kids have access to attorneys “with the training, resources, and time to effectively advocate the child’s interests.”

NJDC Staff Attorney Position

NJDC is currently seeking a new Staff Attorney. For more information on the position and how to apply, please see NJDC’s Employment Page.

Juvenile Indigent Defense

Frequently Asked Questions
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Don’t all kids get lawyers if they are arrested? Why would a child need a lawyer anyway? The truth may surprise you.

Juvenile Defense Resource Center Partnership

MFC_Logo_PNGThe RCP builds on the growing mo- mentum of reform in juvenile justice and includes collabor- ations with organ- izations dedicated to the mental health needs of youth, the treatment of status offenders, and dual system youth.

National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC)

NJDC is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting justice for all children by ensuring excellence in juvenile defense. NJDC provides support to public defenders, appointed counsel, law school clinical programs, and non-profit law centers to ensure quality representation in urban, suburban, rural, and tribal areas. NJDC also offers a wide range of integrated services to juvenile defenders, including training, technical assistance, policy advocacy, capacity building, networking, collaboration, and coordination

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.