The Southern Juvenile Defender Center was formed in the late ’90s and is comprised of defenders from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. SJDC directorship has been located in New Orleans, Atlanta, Montgomery and Raleigh. The current co-Directors are Richard Pittman, Deputy Public Defender of the Louisiana Public Defender Board, and Randee Waldman, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Juvenile Defender Clinic at Emory Law School.
SJDC has helped draft state juvenile defense assessments, coordinate local trainings, assist in and sign on to amicus briefs, and serve as the center of the juvenile defense community of the South. Every year defenders join together at the Annual Regional Summit. Public defenders, private and contract counsel, law school professors and policy advocates are all welcome.