Regional Centers

NJDC collaborates with nine Regional Juvenile Defender Centers. Each Center coordinates activities in the states within its region and keeps NJDC connected to the front lines of juvenile defense, whether they are in an urban, suburban, rural, or tribal setting. The activities each Center undertakes include helping to compile and analyze juvenile indigent defense data, facilitating organizing and networking opportunities for juvenile defenders, offering targeted state-based training and technical assistance, and providing case support specifically designed for complex or high profile cases.

Each Regional Center has its own website focusing on issues relevant to the states of that region. While the NJDC website acts as a clearinghouse for juvenile defense information nationwide and pulls from sources in each state, for more discrete issues or targeted state-based work, or to become part of the regional network of defenders, check out the Regional Centers’ websites. To join the email listserv for your region, please sign up on the listserv page of the NJDC website.

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Central Juvenile Defender Center

Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee

Kim Brooks Tandy
Children’s Law Center
1002 Russell Street
Covington, KY 41011
(859) 431-3313 (phone) / (859) 655-7553 (fax)
ktandy@childrenslawky.org


Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center

District of Columbia, Maryland, Puerto Rico, Virginia, and West Virginia

Kristin Henning
Juvenile Justice Clinic
Georgetown University Law Center
111 F Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 662-9592 (phone)
hennink@law.georgetown.edu

Debbie St. Jean
Office of the Maryland Public Defender
Juvenile Protection Division
201 East Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 223-3783 (phone)
Dst.jean@opd.state.md.us


Midwest Juvenile Defender Center

Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

Betsy Clarke
Illinois Juvenile Justice Initiative
PO Box 1833
Evanston, IL 60204
(847) 864-1567 (phone) / (847) 570-0749 (fax)
bcjuv@aol.com

Devon Lee
Wisconsin State Public Defender
315 North Henry Street
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 261-0633
leede@opd.wi.gov


New England Juvenile Defender Center 

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont

Pamela Jones
New Hampshire Public Defender
44 Franklin St.
Nashua, NH 03064
Phone: 603-598-4986
pjones@nhpd.org

Wendy Wolf
Youth Advocacy Division
Committee for Public Council Services
44 Bromfield Street
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 988-8451 (phone)
wwolf@publiccounsel.net


Northeast Juvenile Defender Center

Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

Laura Cohen
Clinical Law Professor, Rutgers Law School
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 353-3187 (phone) / (973) 353-3397 (fax)
lcohen@kinoy.rutgers.edu

Sandra Simkins
Associate Clinical Professor of Law
Rutgers-Camden School of Law
217 North 5th Street, Room 605
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-6646 (phone)
ssimkins@camden.rutgers.edu


Pacific Juvenile Defender Center

California

Patricia Lee
200 Pine Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 753-7610 (phone)
Patricialeesfdefender@yahoo. com


Southern Juvenile Defender Center

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina

Whitney Untiedt
Director of Pro Bono Initiatives
Akerman LLP
One Southeast Third Avenue, 25th Floor
Miami, FL 33131
305. 374.5600
whitney.untiedt@akerman.com

Randee Waldman
Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Juvenile Defender Clinic
Emory Law School
1301 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30322
404.727.6235
rwaldm2@emory.edu


Southwest Juvenile Defender Center

Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah

Ellen Marrus
University of Houston Law Center
100 Law Center
Houston, Texas 77204-6049
(713) 743-0894 (phone) / (713) 743-2238 (fax)
emarrus@uh.edu

Christina Phillis
Maricopa County Office of Public Defense Services
620 W. Jackson, Suite 3076
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 506-1977
phillisc@mail.maricopa.gov


Western Juvenile Defender Center

Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming

Susan Roske
Clark County Public Defender Office
601 North Pecos Road
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 455-2003 (phone) / (702) 455-6836 (fax)
roskesd@co.clark.nv.us

George Yeannakis
TeamChild
1225 S Weller #420
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 322 2444 x107 (phone)
george.yeannakis@teamchild.org


Territories Not Associated with a Regional Center

American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

NJDC is working to develop stronger ties to the defender community in these territories. Contact NJDC directly at 202-452-0010 or inquiries@njdc.info  for more on our efforts in these areas.