August is CJDC Membership Month!
At CJDC, we believe all children and youth should experience adolescence free from over-criminalization in a just society that promotes their well-being and provides second chances. We seek to protect the rights and improve the treatment of children and youth in the juvenile justice system through public advocacy, community organizing, non-partisan research, and policy development.

Please consider supporting CJDC through an annual membership. Our members are central not only to helping us achieve our mission, but to the development of a vibrant community of juvenile defense advocates in Colorado and beyond. Our members are an integral part of CJDC, and your support ensures progress towards our vision for a more equitable and just future.  

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.  Signing up is easy, simply visit our website  HERE and select your level of membership:
  • Attorney ($100)
  • Social Worker, Community Member, Invesitgator ($75)
  • First Year Attorney ($50)
  • Interns/Students (complementary)
What Should Go in the 4th Edition?

We are gearing up to start work on the 2020, 4th edition Colorado Juvenile Defense Manual  and need your input!  Help us identify additional  topics that would be valuable to you in your juvenile defense practice and let us know what is or isn't working well in the 3rd edition.  

The Colorado Juvenile Defense Manual is designed to guide the practitioner through the law and the special considerations in defending a juvenile client, both in delinquency and criminal court.  The manual's 1st edition (2013) consisted of 26 chapters ranging from arrest, detention, and initial proceedings to interrogations, jury trials, appeals and beyond.  The manual's 2nd edition, published in 2015, included over 125 pages of updates and additional chapters on expungement, sex offender registration and deregistration, and school discipline cases.  The 3 rd  edition of the manual (April 2018) introduces myriad updates on case law and legislation across its 28 expansive chapters.

Lend us 5 minutes of your time and participate in our quick Colorado Juvenile Defense Manual Survey
Congratulations to Matthew Hardin and Barrie Newberger King on their JTIP Trainer Certification!

Congratulations to Colorado's newly certified JTIP trainers!  Barrie Newberger King, Senior Deputy State Public Defender of Durango and Matthew Hardin, Law Office of Matthew B. Hardin of Grand Junction traveled to Houston, Texas last month for two and a half days of intensive, on-your-feet Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) certification coursework.  

Certification  for Matt and Barrie, along with 16 other leaders in juvenile defense from across the Southwest region was made possible by CJDC's Access to Juvenile Justice: Rural and Tribal Southwest Project, supported by Grant No. 2015-ZE-BX-K001 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. 

Please join us in congratulating Barrie and Matt on their certification - we look forward to your contribution to raising the bar of juvenile defense representation across Colorado!
Upcoming CJDC Events and Trainings
A Voice for Our Youth: Juvenile Justice Roundtable Webcast

August 24, 2018
10:00am-12:00pm MDT
Register HERE

Join a webcast discussion with young adults who have been through the juvenile justice system in tribal courts and hear their perspective on what adults can do to amplify the voice of youth in their courts, advice for youth currently going through the tribal court justice process, and visions for better tribal court juvenile justice systems, programs, and services.
Colorado Direct File and Transfer Law: Legal and Practical Considerations for Juvenile Defenders

September 14, 2018
8:30am-3:30pm MDT
Register HERE

Join us for a deep dive into direct file and transfer representation in Colorado. The day will kick off with a look at statutes and guidelines including a discussion on the differences in transfer and direct file law, and guidelines from the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth. Facilitators will also cover developing mitigation, including gathering records and conducting an investigation; identifying necessary experts, legal and strategic considerations in hiring and working with them, other ways to incorporate expert opinions; and confinement pending hearing including access to education, treatment, and services while in detention pending resolution of the case.

The training will close out with sessions on suppression of juvenile statements, collateral attacks of priors, strategic and ethical considerations in conducting the transfer or reverse-transfer hearing, including using data in community safety arguments, and negotiating with the DA. This training will be held in-person in Brighton, Colorado Springs, Denver, Grand Junction, and via webinar (for those in rural parts of the state).
Navigating the New Competency Standards: Making Colorado Statute 19-2-103 Work for Your Juvenile Clients

December 7, 2018
Denver, CO
Register HERE

Join us for a half-day CLE covering the statutory changes to the children's code and other implications of HB18-1050, which applies to acts committed on or after July 1, 2018.  Learn the psychology behind developmental immaturity, competency to stand trial, and what restoration looks like from a psychology perspective.  Review the statutory guidelines and what is going on in Colorado, from OBH practice to future legislative efforts.  Walk away with litigation strategies including when and how to raise a claim; how to approach competency claims with clients and family; and how to set up a developmental maturity argument.   

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 acting as a regional resource center for juvenile defenders.  

If you are looking for training support, have a training need in your area, or need assistance in developing specialized CLE offerings for juvenile defense counsel, you can request assistance through OJJDP's TTA program HERE.
It's Easy to Support CJDC Every Day 

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support CJDC every time you shop online with no cost to you. To shop AmazonSmile, simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device and select The Colorado Juvenile Defender Center. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return for all future purchases.

Thank you for your support!
Thank You to Our Sponsors

Youth Justice Hero Sponsors
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Youth Justice Advocate Sponsors
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Jeff Cuneo
Lindy Frolich
Carrie Meek
Patrick Vance

Youth Justice Partner Sponsors
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Churches for Middle East Peace
Cutler Law Office

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The Noble Law Firm, LLC
Leslie Krueger-Pagett
Jennifer Stinson Law
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