About WJDC


The Western Juvenile Defender Center (WJDC) is a regional center of the National Juvenile Defender Center that is responsible for providing technical assistance and coordinating juvenile defender training and reform efforts in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) was established in 1999 as part of the American Bar Association to “respond to the critical need to build the capacity of the juvenile defense bar and to improve access to counsel and quality of representation for children in the justice system.” The NJDC became an independent organization in 2005. As the centralized body, NJDC coordinates the efforts of nine regional centers throughout the country, offering training, technical assistance, advocacy, networking, capacity-building and coordination to juvenile defenders throughout the country.