Topic Archive: Specialization in Juvenile Defense

Contract Counsel

Broken Contracts: Reimagining High-Quality Representation of Youth in Contract and Appointed Counsel Systems A Report and Toolkit Though juvenile courts process more than 850,000 juvenile delinquency cases every year, no comprehensive data exists regarding how many young people are represented by public defenders or contract, appointed, or assigned counsel. While talented lawyers practice in each…

Delaware Assessment

Delaware: An Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Representation in Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings Released on July 12, 2017, the Delaware Assessment is based on interviews, observation, and research conducted by a team of expert investigators who analyzed Delaware Family Courts over a span of months. While promising practices have been implemented statewide, there is still…

Trial Manual for Defense Attorneys in Juvenile Delinquency Cases

By Randy Hertz, Martin Guggenheim, & Anthony G. Amsterdam 2021 Edition This Manual is intended as a guide for juvenile defense attorneys, and provides a detailed chronological examination of each step in handling a delinquency case. Cover Table of Contents Chapter 1 – The Nature, Purpose, and Structure of the Manual Chapter 2 – Introduction…

DOJ Issues Findings Report on Juvenile Due Process in St. Louis County

On July 31, 2015, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division issued historic Findings in the Investigation of the St. Louis Family Court stating that there is reason to believe that the St. Louis Family Court engages in conduct that violates the constitutional guarantees of Due Process and Equal Protection under the law. Citing the National Juvenile Defender…

DOJ Statement of Interest on Juvenile Access to Counsel

NJDC applauds the Federal Government’s filing (on March 13, 2015) of a landmark Statement of Interest (SOI) in an ongoing Georgia case that takes a strong stance on the right to effective access to counsel for juveniles and the need for procedural safeguards against an uninformed waiver of that right. In the SOI filed in…

Leadership Development

NJDC works to create a permanent capacity for the juvenile defense bar to establish and maintain leadership positions in the justice community. In addition to juvenile defenders serving on state advisory groups or commissions, a number of positions and units have been established across the country to elevate juvenile defense leadership and capacity. Here are…

Juvenile Court Terminology

Adjudication [of Delinquency] Analogous to an adult “conviction,” it is a formal finding by the juvenile court, after an adjudicatory hearing or the entering of a guilty plea/admission, that the juvenile has committed the act for which he or she is charged. Adjudicatory Hearing The fact-finding phase (i.e. the trial) of a juvenile case. At…

FAQs

What is the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC)? NJDC is a nationally recognized non-profit, non-partisan organization that exists to secure justice for all children by strengthening and building the capacity of the juvenile defense bar and working to improve access to and quality of counsel for all young people in delinquency court. Known for innovative…

Role of Counsel / Scope of Representation

The role of juvenile defense counsel is a distinct one of expressed interest advocacy. Ethical and professional obligations, as well as other practice standards dictate that the lawyer’s duty in delinquency proceedings is to represent the client’s stated interest, and not what counsel, the judge, or the client’s parents believe to be in the child’s…

JTIP Summer Academy

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) Summer Academy May 31 – June 6, 2020 “I thought it was a great experience and the knowledge I gained will serve me in my career. I highly recommend it to any children’s defender I know.” — JTIP Summer Academy 2019 participant…

National Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit

The Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit brings together hundreds of juvenile defense attorneys from every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The purpose of the Summit is to energize and inspire attorneys who are often faced with staggering caseloads, extremely limited resources, and a juvenile justice system that is fraught with racial and ethnic…

2013 Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit

 November 1-3 Scottsdale, Arizona   2013 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 juvenile defense from the preceding year. To download materials from individual sessions, select the…

Colorado Assessment

Colorado: An Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Representation in Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings (Winter 2012)   Summaries and Press Releases: NJDC & Colorado Juvenile Defender Center Press Release   Legislative Follow-Up: Following NJDC’s Assessment, the State Legislature established a legislative study committee to investigate issues raised in the assessment.  Following the Interim Committee’s…

Training Webinars

Resources, distance, and time can all be obstacles to attending training in person. That’s why webinar training is increasing around the country. While not all topics or skills are conducive to pre-recorded, non-interactive training, webinars can be effective ways to get some much needed information in a very convenient way. Here are a few webinar…

Specialization in Juvenile Defense

Juvenile Defense is a specialized practice that requires a unique set of skills and knowledge distinct from what is required to practice adult criminal defense. Because children are different than adults, and have considerations such as school, parents, and ongoing development, attorneys practicing juvenile defense need to be familiar with areas such as education law,…

JTIP Coordinator & Trainer’s Guide

The JTIP Coordinator & Trainer’s Guide is targeted at both Training Coordinators and Trainers and is designed to help them meet the requirements needed to deliver JTIP Training. While sometimes the person responsible for coordinating and organizing a training program will also be one of the people responsible for delivering that training, this is not…

JTIP: Juvenile Training Immersion Program

A Curriculum for Developing a Specialty in Juvenile Defense The Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) is a highly specialized, comprehensive, trial advocacy training program for juvenile defense attorneys. JTIP aims to elevate the practice of juvenile law and is structured to help defenders meet their obligations at every stage of the delinquency system. JTIP reflects…

Training

The National Juvenile Defender Center organizes and delivers high-quality training sessions on a broad range of topics for defenders — or, by request, for other juvenile justice professionals — around the country. Our expert presenters provide interactive, practice-focused training for large or small groups. We have been especially successful at hosting small-scale, intense sessions on…

State Assessments

A cornerstone of the National Juvenile Defender Center’s work is to understand how juvenile defense is delivered around the country and to support excellence in the provision of those services. As part of that work, NJDC conducts state-specific assessments of youth access to, and the quality of, juvenile defense counsel when they come in contact…

Community Building

A strong national community of dedicated juvenile defenders is essential. Building and supporting such a community is one of the pillars of NJDC’s work. Attorneys who represent indigent youth charged with delinquent behavior often practice in rural or remote areas, or are solo practitioners who may find themselves disconnected from the trends and developments in juvenile defense,…