The Central Juvenile Defender Center is one of the nine Regional Centers of the National Juvenile Defender Center. CDJC focuses on juvenile law issues in Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee. CJDC is based at the Children’s Law Center, Inc., in Covington, Kentucky.

Contact us:
Amanda Mullins Bear
Children’s Law Center
215 West Short St., Suite 205
Lexington, Ky 40507
(859) 253-3353

Christina Kleiser
Knox County Public Defender’s
Community Law Office
1101 Liberty Street
Knoxville, TN 37919-2328
(865) 215-6473

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MacArthur Justice Center Opens Doors in St. Louis.  In July 2016, the MacArthur Justice Center began taking cases in its new office in St. Louis.  The focus will be on civil rights issues, especially around policing and the justice system.  The center was founded in Chicago in 1985 and also has branches in Mississippi and Louisiana.  Mae Quinn, a Professor at the Washington University School of Law and formerly the Director of its Juvenile Law and Justice Clinic, will direct the St. Louis office.  See full article here:



Federal Judge Permits Kentucky Handcuffing Case to Proceed.  In an opinion issued on December 28, 2015, the District Court Judge presiding over S.R. et. al. v. Kenton County Sheriff et. al, issued an opinion denying the Defendant SRO and Sheriff’s Office Motion to Dismiss the child-Plaintiffs’ cases—permitting the case to proceed in federal court. The civil rights lawsuit was filed in August 2015 by the Children’s Law Center, Dinsmore & Shohl, and the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two elementary school children with disabilities who were shackled by a school resource officer.  Order Denying Motion to Dismiss