Supporting Juvenile Defenders
in the Mid-Atlantic Region
In November 2013, MAJDC launched the DC Juvenile Panel Trial Practice Group (TPG). The TPG seeks to provide a formal infrastructure to facilitate training, resource development, and other comprehensive support for solo practitioners in DC’s juvenile court. The TPG offers members regular training, technical support and a newsletter with case updates from the DC Court of Appeals, juvenile practice tips, and information about monthly trainings. Email Rebba Omer to request to be added to the newsletter listserv and receive information on trainings.
The Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center (MAJDC) at the Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Clinic is proud to announce the MAJDC Rural Ambassadors Program. The MAJDC Rural Ambassadors Program seeks to incentivize rural attorneys to specialize and pursue a career in juvenile defense by providing 12 months of training, support, and an opportunity to engage with a community of zealous juvenile defenders.
FASD & Youth: What Defenders Need to Know
MAJDC hosted a free webinar on advocating for youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders on March 24, 2021 3:00 – 5:00 PM ET. View the recording on Youtube.
Download the Affidavit of Dr. Larry Burd (expert in FASD).
COVID-19 Resource Guide for DC Youth and Families
If you are seeking support for DC youth and families during the pandemic, we encourage you to review the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Clinic & Initiative’s COVID-19 resource guide. Additional resources for DC youth defenders can be found on the COVID-19 page of the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Clinic & Initiative’s website .
Translating JTIP into Spanish
The Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center has begun the effort to translate the JTIP curriculum into Spanish. Athelyn Jimenez Emmanuelli, a certified JTIP trainer and juvenile defender in Puerto Rico, is serving as the translator. She has begun with the lessons on role of counsel, disposition, and transfer to adult court.
Adding Certified JTIP Trainers to the Mid-Atlantic Region
The Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center added 18 new Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) certified trainers to our region at a three day training in February 2019. Now for the first time, there are certified trainers from West Virginia and Puerto Rico who will increase access to highly specialized juvenile defenders for the youth in their state.
Training in Puerto Rico
The Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center held a juvenile defense training on January 17-18, 2019 in Western Puerto Rico. This training was held in Spanish. Location and registration information will be added soon. Email Rebba Omer for more information.
District of Columbia Assessment
Released on June 7, 2018, the District of Columbia Assessment is based on interviews, observation, and research conducted by a team of expert investigators who analyzed DC’s Family Court and juvenile defense systems throughout 2017. This Assessment outlines the investigative team’s findings and provides Core Recommendations for improving DC’s juvenile defense systems, along with implementation strategies specific stakeholder groups can undertake in order to address shortcomings. Read More.