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Advocacy Highlight: Mary Berkheiser

Mary Berkheiser wears many hats:  educator, advocate, power-broker, and clinician – any one of these accurately describes who she is and what she does. But it is the fact that Mary is all of these that makes her a leader in the juvenile defense community and true juvenile defense trailblazer. As a founder of the… Read more »

Advocacy Highlight: Jill Beeler-Andrews

Jill Beeler-Andrews, along with her entire team at the Juvenile Division of the Office of the Ohio Public Defender is a force to be reckoned with. In addition to Jill, who serves as Chief Counsel, the Juvenile Division is comprised of seven specialized attorneys, two integral support staff, law clerks, and student-volunteers who are dedicated to ensuring… Read more »

Western States Juvenile Justice Reform Summit

Seattle, Washington | May 21–22, 2014 Sponsored by MacArthur Foundation & National Center for State Courts (NCSC) State Team Reports (as recorded by Chris Provost and George Yeannakis) Western JDC post There were nine reform initiatives presented at the Summit Workshops: Diversion Alternatives for Status Offenders Juvenile Defense Standards Problem solving Courts Collaboration with Juvenile Justice Stakeholders and the Community Use… Read more »

Summit 2010

The 2010 Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit took place October 15-17 in Washington, DC. Download materials and the complete agenda below. The Science of Truth: Polygraph & Other Investigative Techniques  Kyana Stephens, Lieutenant Jerry Shockley (ret.), Detective James Trainum (ret.)

Defending Clients Who Have Been Searched and Interrogated at School As delinquency courts across the country handle an increasing number of referrals from schools, juvenile defenders often defend clients who have been searched or interrogated on campus. This guide provides a general overview of the law governing school searches and interrogations and practice tips for… Read more »