2021 Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit

October 21-23, 2021


NJDC is thrilled to be able to host our 2021 Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit virtually. Because bringing together this wonderful national community of youth defenders is so important to our collective work and psyche, you will find all the information you need for the 2021 Summit below. 

If you are planning to request CLE credits for your attendance, please make sure to note all the applicable deadlines on the Continuing Legal Education Credits Information page

If you are a social worker or other non-attorney professional who would like to self-report CEU credits for Summit, please use this Uniform Certificate of Attendance for non-attorneys to verify your attendance. If you need other supporting documentation, please email Eva Chaves at echaves@njdc.info.

2021 Juvenile Defender Resource Guide

Each year in conjunction with the Summit, NJDC publishes an annual Resource Guide which is a compilation of law review articles, studies, case briefs, court decisions, and other information relevant to youth defense from the preceding year. 



2021 Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit Materials

To download materials from individual sessions at this year’s Summit, you will find the workshop in the list below. For your reference, you can download the complete Summit 2021 Program Guide that includes the agenda, workshop descriptions, and faculty bios. If you are not logged into the NJDC site, some documents will prompt you to login or create a login in order to access the materials associated with the workshops (if you use Defender App, this is the login that you should use).

To view contact information for all registered 2021 Summit participants, click hereWant to relive Summit through music? Use the Summit 2021 Playlist

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Please note: only workshops with materials are listed below. For the full list of workshops, please refer to the Summit 2021 Program Guide

Friday, October 22, 2021

Decriminalizing Disability: Creative Strategies for Advocating for Court-Involved Youth with Disabilities

Defiance or Civil Disobedience: The Youth Defender’s Role Advocating for Today’s Freedom Fighters

Honoring Client Experiences: Trauma-Informed & Client-Centered Narratives

Saturday, October 23, 2021