2016 Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit
October 28-30, 2016
ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
This year marked the 20th Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit. To celebrate this incredible community, NJDC hosted a Super Summit—we opened our doors a little wider, honored the leaders of our movement, and inspired more juvenile defenders to take their advocacy and leadership to the next level. We are also partnered with the local community in Atlanta for a Saturday night reception at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
As we celebrated the 20th year of Summit, we also reflected on another approaching anniversary: the 1967 In re Gault decision. The United States Supreme Court ruled nearly 50 years ago that children have a constitutional right to an attorney. But, as front line defenders, we know that children continue to experience juvenile court systems fraught with bias without the benefit of skilled representation.
Every year that we come together, and every year that we recommit ourselves to defending children and to our specialized practice of law, we chip away at the crisis of children’s access to counsel. Attendance at Summit is a promise to ourselves, to our clients, and to our community that we can – and will – reshape the legacy of that landmark Supreme Court decision and ensure no child ever stands alone in court.
Below are the materials the National Juvenile Defender Center distributed at the 2016 Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit.
- Summit 2016 Agenda
- Summit 2016 Resource Guide
- A compilation of law review articles, studies, case briefs, court decisions, and other information relevant to juvenile defense from the preceding year.
One-Pagers and Infographics
- 10 Tips For Building Effective Youth-Family-Defender Partnerships
- When youth, families, and defenders work together, everyone benefits. This information sheet discusses strategies for creating and maintaining strong, mutually-beneficial relationships.
- The Fragmented State of Juvenile Indigent Defense
- Juvenile courts are a patchwork of systems across the country, from statewide to local systems with varying degrees of oversight. This infographic illustrates how the systems differ by state.
- The Harms of Detention
- Youth in detention are removed from settings that matter: their homes, schools, and communities. Without those supports, children develop higher rates of depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions, and they lose access to educational opportunities. Once released, youth who spent time behind bars are
- Increasing Juvenile Appeals
- Children who are charged in juvenile court often face severe consequences, ranging from secure confinement to probation. Yet, only 1 in every 2,707 cases is appealed every year. Juvenile appeals are an underused critical check on the juvenile delinquency system.
- Putting the Pro Back in Probation
- Probation orders, though intended to assist youth on a path to success, can lead to severe consequences, including incarceration, as a result of technical probation violations.
- FAQs: The Role of Juvenile Defense Counsel
- The FAQs are intended to clarify the role of the juvenile defender in representing youth in juvenile delinquency proceedings.
- The Role of Juvenile Defense Counsel at Disposition
- An introduction to the role and obligations of the juvenile defender at disposition in juvenile court.
- The Role of Juvenile Defense Counsel at Post-Disposition
- An introduction to the role and obligations of the juvenile defender after disposition in juvenile court.
- Why Juvenile Defense Matters
- An outline of how effective juvenile defense systems can save money, increase public safety, and lead to youth success.
- Updates: Campaign Against Indiscriminate Juvenile Shackling
- Indiscriminate shackling of youth in juvenile court unnecessarily humiliates, stigmatizes, and traumatizes children. Since 2014, 10 states and the District of Columbia have limited juvenile shackling, as have many counties and individual judges.
- Navigating the Dual Status Terrain: Tips for Juvenile Defenders
- There are unique considerations associated with representing dual status youth. This brief offers practice tips for juvenile defenders and explores the growing trend of multi-system collaboration and coordination to improve outcomes for children.
- Promoting Positive Development: The Critical Need to Reform Youth Probation Orders
- Probation is the most common disposition in juvenile court when youth are adjudicated delinquent. Though intended to lead youth toward success, unwieldy conditions of probation can lead to technical violations and cause lasting harm to the lives of children, including removal from their communities and incarceration. There is a critical need to reform youth probation orders.
- Honoring Gault: Ensuring Access to Counsel in Delinquency Proceedings
- In partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), we released this information card to promote judicial leadership in fulfilling children’s constitutional right to representation in juvenile court.
Gault at 50 Campaign
- “Pocket” In re Gault Decision
- A pocket-sized edition of the US Supreme Court’s 1967 In re Gault decision is designed to be a tool for juvenile defenders and other justice system stakeholders.
- Gault at 50 Statement of Principles
- Our five-point vision for effective juvenile defender systems steering the Gault at 50 Campaign.
- Gault at 50 Campaign Toolkit
- The toolkit provides a roadmap for localizing the Gault campaign and the issue of children’s access to counsel. It includes resources such as social media messaging, a sample press release, and a sample outreach email to encourage partners to sign onto the Statement of Principles. Spread the word on Gault in your town or state: it’s time to fulfill the promise!