Meet Our New Board Members 
Andrea Philleo

Andrea is the former Founder and Executive Director of the Colorado Wellness Center for Girls and is a licensed social worker in the State of Colorado. She has earned two Masters Degrees - one from The American University in Washington D.C. (1991) in Criminal Justice and the other from Loyola University Chicago (1998) in Social Work.  She is an adjunct instructor at the University of Denver in the Graduate School of Social Work. In 2013, she received the National Association of Social Workers - Colorado Chapter, Social Worker of the Year Award. Also in 2013, she was nominated for the Rocky Mountain PBS Be More Award. Most recently, she was nominated and received the Most Outstanding Volunteer Award through National Philanthropy Day (Colorado) for 2015.  Since 1993, she has worked with youth from a research, evaluation, funding, clinical and case management perspective. She currently sits on an additional non-profit board and Mental Health Colorado's Education and Research Committee.
Jeffrey Cuneo

Jeff is an attorney in private practice in Denver.  He specializes in juvenile delinquency and criminal matters.  A fairly recent transplant to the state, Mr. Cuneo 
was an Assistant Public Defender in Sacramento County, California for 10 years.  He handled everything from homicides to petty offenses, and focused his practice on representing juveniles facing charges in adult court.  Mr. Cuneo was the Program Director for the Placer County Re-entry Program, where he implemented a program assisting and providing resources to rec ently released inmates.  He was elected to, and served as a Trustee on the Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education.  He is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum.  He currently serves as a member of both the Denver Great Kids Head Start Policy Council and the Denver Early Childhood Policy Committee.  He also volunteers his time providing legal services to Denver homeless youth.  He is married to his wife Carrie, and has two children, Charlie and Haddie.
Priscilla Linsley

Priscilla is a happy 30+year transplant from New Jersey. In New Jersey, she was employed by the Garden State School District, the educational component of the New Jersey Department of Corrections. In Colorado, she is self-employed as a consultant for non-profit organizations, concentrating on grant writing. This picture was taken on a work trip in Vietnam. Priscilla has also done work trips to New Orleans, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Palestine.
CJDC Visits New Mexico to Work with Attorneys Representing Youth on Tribal Land

A Voice for Our Youth , the tribal collaboration initiative under the  Access to Justice: Rural and Tribal Southwest project  seeks to identify the unique needs of defenders representing tribal youth across the Southwest through partnerships with tribal courts. The grant's Tribal Subcommittee met in Albuquerque, NM in June to kick off these partnerships and begin developing programs that respond to the needs of defenders representing youth on tribal lands.  

Interested in learning more about tribal courts in the Southwest?  Check out our Tribal Mapping Project!

Welcome to the team, Mandee Johnson!

We are excited to welcome Mandee Johnson as our new Contract Administrative Assistant for the Access to Justice: Rural & Tribal Southwest project .  Mandee is entering her senior year at 
the University of Colorado Denver and will be working part-time with CJDC as she completes her degree in Co mmunic ations, graduating in the Spring of 2018. Also, as a recognized Puksta Fellowship scholar, Mandee is making her final year count by investing in the lives of inner city high school students through a collaborative mentorship program with CU Denver student leaders called RECIPROCITY. The focus of her senior project is to empower Denver's youth through service learning and activities outside of the classroom so that they too can become leaders in their own communities to address the root causes of social inequality. Mandee has completed a summer internship with Colorado UpLift and briefly studied abroad in Barcelona. Her passion for social justice continues to bloom as she is just getting started in what she hopes to be a lifelong career of advocacy.
Identifying Training Needs in the Southwest
Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in the Training Needs Survey we sent out in the spring!

As part of the Access to Justice: Rural and Tribal Southwest project, our Advisory Board developed a survey aimed at identifying juvenile defense training gaps across the Southwest region.  The data collected from the survey will assist in developing specialized  trainings  and resources for juvenile defenders practicing in remote and undeserved across the Southwest.  

Int erested  in what the data from the training needs survey says?  
Download the full report HERE!
Updated Juvenile Defense Manual Coming Soon! 

In 2013, we published the first Colorado Juvenile Defense Manual which included 26 chapters on topics ranging from first appearance to school interrogations to special education. In 2015,
we added 129 pages of information, including new chapters on expungement, sex offender registration and deregistration, and school discipline cases.  It is time to update the manual once again!

    • If you have a particular expertise in juvenile law and would like to contribute to the new edition, please let us know via email at or give us a call at 303.435.7232.
Many thanks to the Office of Alternate Defense Counsel (OADC), our manual co-sponsors who are working hard to make a 2017 release possible!
Thank You to Our 2017 Outstanding Volunteers of the Year 

We are incredibly fortunate to have such amazing volunteers supporting CJDC behind the scenes every day.  Over the past year,  Elise Logemann  and  Hannah Proff  have spent hundreds of hours fighting hard for Colorado youth through supervision of our Believe in Youth expungement  deregistration program, c hairing CJDC's Policy Committee, serving as advisers to our Board of Directors and so much more.  Please join us in thanking Hannah and Elise for all that they do for CJDC!

Save the Date for the 6th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference!

CJDC and the Office of Alternate Defense Counsel are joining forces to offer another two -day, multi-track conference next spring.  Save the date and join us April 26th and 27th for next year's 6th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference!  Stay tuned for more details as the dates get closer.

Juvenile Justice in the News

Stay up to date with these recent headlines on juvenile justice issues, policy, programs, and reform in the news.

Despite the fact that it has been seven years since SCOTUS ruled in Graham vs. Florida that non-homicide juvenile offenders must be given a meaningful opportunity to obtain release based on maturity and rehabilitation, and five years since Miller vs. Alabama (holding that the Eighth Amendment forbids life without parole sentences for juveniles), 33 Colorado inmates who committed crimes as juveniles are serving virtual life sentences of 50 years or more. "The Colorado Supreme Court rulings on May 22 said such sentences are constitutional because the inmates will be eligible for parole eventually."

A federal appeals court in Chicago upheld a lower court's decision to overturn the murder conviction of "Making a Murderer's" then-juvenile Brendan Dassey, upholding that Dassey's confession was involuntary under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

Norman Dorsen, the attorney who argued In re Gault, 387 U.S. 1 (1967), before the U.S. Supreme Court 50 years ago, passed away July 1.  Mr. Dorsen was a true civil rights advocate who's other notable SCOTUS cases include both Levy v. Louisiana (1968) and United States v. Vuitch (1971).  Dorsen was a professor of law and Co-Director of the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program at the New York University School of Law.  He also sat on the Council on Foreign Relations, and was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Free Training & Technical Support 

As a Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) provider for the Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), CJDC is one of two locations in the nation acting as a regional resource center for juvenile defenders.  If you are looking for training support, have a training need in your area, or in need of assistance in developing specialized CLE offerings for juvenile defense counsel, you can request assistance through OJJDP's TTA program HERE!  
Become a Member Today!

CJDC members receive monthly updates on local and national juvenile justice developments, discounts on our CLEs and the Colorado Juvenile Defense Manual, and assistance with juvenile justice inquires.

CJDC's annual membership is $100.  To become a member, click HERE to donate $100 online, and write "membership" in the special instructions box.  Or, to pay by check, mail to CJDC, 1245 E. Colfax Ave, Suite 204, Denver, CO 80218.  Please make checks payable to Colorado Juvenile Defender Center.  Thank you!

Thank You For Your Support!

Thank You to our Youth Justice Advocate Sponsors: The Cuneo Law Firm, Lindy Frolich, Stinson & Pagett LLC, Ann Roan, The Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, and Linda Weinerman & Sheri Danz on Behalf of the Office of the Child's Representative.