Special Initiative: Racial and Ethnic Disparities

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As a part of the Special Initiative, NJDC is exploring the interplay between juvenile indigent defense and racial and ethnic disparities. Contrary to the over-representation of youth of color in the juvenile delinquency system, attorneys of color are underrepresented in the juvenile indigent defense field. This under-representation is not necessarily due to a lack of interest among minority lawyers, but rather a lack of meaningful opportunity to break into the field. Cultivating zealous juvenile defense advocates and leaders starts long before law school graduation. NJDC is working to develop resources that help law students prepare for a career in juvenile defense, navigate the job search, and bridge the gap between aspiring juvenile defense advocates and juvenile defense organizations. Through this work, NJDC hopes to support aspiring juvenile defenders of color and facilitate a pipeline program that opens up doors of meaningful opportunity to engage in juvenile defense practice.

If you would like to contribute to this work, please contact NJDC.