Congratulations to the 2019 CJDC Award Recipients

Each year, we honor an outstanding juvenile defender, social worker, and investigator for their exemplary advocacy, endless commitment to fighting for their clients, and dedication to their work!  We received a number of deserving nominations this year and CJDC's Board of Directors considered each and every one.  Please join us in congratulating the 2019 award recipients!
2019 Juvenile Defender of the Year
Ryann Hardman

Ryann joined the Colorado State Public Defender's Appellate Division in 2008 and has specialized in juvenile delinquency appeals since 2014. In addition to handling appeals, Ryann supports trial attorneys in juvenile cases and trains attorneys on juvenile law topics, including instructions of law and appellate process. Prior to working for the Public Defender, Ryann clerked for the Honorable Robert M. Russel of the Colorado Court of Appeals and taught seventh grade Spanish.
2019 Social Worker of the Year
Kyle Varvil

Kyle is a proud native Coloradan, growing up in a community just outside of Denver. The past four years he has spent working in the Colorado justice system as a forensic social worker. He earned grit for this work when he was employed by a residential treatment center. Here he helped develop and operate a male Department of Youth Corrections and mixed mental health unit where the focus was successful reentry into the community and successful parole. Hearing clients' stories and understanding the lack of support each one felt while they were going through their own court cases, Kyle was inspired to do more.

He graduated with his Master's Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in 'At Risk Youth' from the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. After graduate school, Kyle began contracting with the Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel as a forensic social worker. He currently works with direct file youth, juveniles serving life without parole sentences or virtual life sentences, juveniles & adults with competency concerns, young adults involved in the criminal justice system, and juveniles & adults with developmental disabilities/intellectual disabilities. Kyle has also worked with the Federal Public Defender's Office in Denver. He has engaged with Colorado on a macro level by testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on behalf of a mental health resource bill that helps provide assistance to reentering inmates with high mental health needs. Kyle is a forceful advocate for his client's needs by sharing their stories and bringing understanding to their experiences.
2019 Investigator of the Year
Larry Leaman-Miller

Here are a few words Larry has to share about his work, "In my role as a defense investigator over the last 15 years, I've gravitated towards working with youthful defendants, including several JLWOP cases, and cases involving Spanish-speaking defendants. I was a teenager when my family moved back to the U.S. from where I had grown up in Kenya and Tanzania. The dislocation I felt as a youth in a new country and culture gives me a perspective into the alienation felt by some of the juvenile and immigrant defendants I have learned to know. I have also worked on several death penalty cases and am trained as a defense-initiated victim outreach specialist.

Prior to becoming a defense investigator, I worked for 20 years in leadership roles for a series of non-profit and non-governmental organizations focused on human rights and social justice issues in Washington, DC, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Colorado. I'm married to Kori and we have two sons in their 20s. I spend a lot of time on my bicycle. Cycling has become my recreation, exercise, meditation and rejuvenation all in one."

Join CJDC in Celebration of Justice for Youth!
We are honored to celebrate our 11th anniversary of youth justice advocacy! Save the date and join us for  CJDC's  2019 Annual Fundraiser and Reception which will be held in the Atrium of the Colorado Supreme Court from 5:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, April 25, 2019. We anticipate over 100 attendees, including attorneys, legislators, community organizations and agencies with outreach to thousands more. 

We invite you and your organization to sponsor our reception and join us for an evening of heavy hors d'oeuvres, libations, and an award presentation for the 2019 Juvenile Defender, Social Worker, and Investigator of the year.  Purchase your individual tickets, contribute as a sponsor, or support CJDC through underwriting today! 
  • INDIVIDUAL EVENT TICKETS -  Purchase single tickets to the event for $30, admission includes heavy hors d'oevres and libations.  
  • YOUTH DEFENDER COUPLE SPONSORSHIP  -  For $100 total, receive 2 tickets and acknowledgment in CJDC's monthly newsletter.
  • YOUTH JUSTICE PARTNER SPONSORSHIP -  For $250 total, receive 4 tickets, name or logo on CJDC website and event poster, verbal acknowledgment in board remarks at event, and recognition in CJDC's monthly newsletter.
  • YOUTH JUSTICE ADVOCATE SPONSORSHIP -  For $500 total, receive 6 tickets, name or logo on CJDC website and event poster, verbal acknowledgment in board remarks at event, name or logo on table display tents, and an ad (3 months) in CJDC's monthly newsletter.
  • YOUTH JUSTICE CHAMPION SPONSORSHIP -  For $1,000 total, receive 8 tickets, name or logo on CJDC website and event poster, verbal acknowledgment in board remarks at event, table space for organizational promotions and marketing to guests, and an ad (6 months) in CJDC's monthly newsletter.
  • YOUTH JUSTICE PRESENTING SPONSORSHIP For $2,500 total, receive 10 tickets, name or logo on CJDC website and event poster, verbal acknowledgment in board remarks at event, table space for organizational promotions and marketing to guests, ad (1 year) in CJDC's monthly newsletter, and "Presented By" on all event materials.
  • ADVERTISING & UNDERWRITING OPPORTUNITIES - Can't make it to the fundraiser, but still want the opportunity to reach the juvenile defense community? We can build a custom advertising or underwriting package to fit your needs! From ads in our event materials, to table space for your company's marketing materials and beyond, let us build you a custom package, just give us a call at 720.636.0455.
7th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference! 

Last year, we partnered with the Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel (OADC) and the Office of the Child's Representative (OCR) to bring you our  6th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference . Registration completely filled up and we held the sold-out event in late April of 2018. This year, we are moving to a larger space and are adding four breakout tracks!

Join CJDC, OADC, and OCR on April 25th and 26th for our intensive, two-day, multi-track 7th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference.  Session topics will range from gang and trauma intersectionality to marijuana and juvenile court; diversion and the CSG assessment; juvenile law updates; video appearance at detention hearings; facility closures; restorative justice; education issues; and so much more!

Download the CONFERENCE AGENDA. Registration closes April 22, REGISTER ONLINE today!