6th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference Success!
Morgan DeHero-Brown, Holly Gummerson, Maralina Schoenfelder, and Ivy Palu's presentation on ethically advocating for placement
The 6th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference took place on April 26-27 at the Ralph Carr Judicial Center in Denver. The Conference was organized and put on by the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center (CJDC) in conjunction with the Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel (OADC) and Office of the Child's Representative (OCR).
Conference attendees included attorneys, both defense and guardians ad litem, and social workers from throughout Colorado. The conference featured a JTIP ( Juvenile Training Immersion Program) track, which allowed attorneys to break off into small groups and delve deeper into specific legal issues. This particular track focused on four legal issues: competency, client statements, immigration, and sexual assault cases. It gave participants the opportunity to discuss specific fact patterns, and have a roundtable discussion utilizing practical problem-solving skills as wells as legal analysis.

Stacie Nelson Colling leading a JTIP breakout group through competency forensic exercises
All participants were able to enjoy sessions that focused on how to advocate for youth in placement, as well as the role of counsel - both defense and guardian ad litem - in delinquency cases. Kristin Henning, a faculty member at Georgetown Law School, presented two interesting lectures. They were on the topics of implicit racial bias and how to raise the issue of race in your legal advocacy. Her presentations were thought-provoking, forcing the participants to confront their own implicit biases, while also giving practioners concrete advocacy tools to use when representing youth.
The highlight for many at the conference was a session featuring a mother and son who have been through the Colorado juvenile justice system. Their story was one of perseverance and determination within the system. The then-juvenile, now adult recounted how his mental health deteriorated within juvenile justice institutions. He told the group that he speaks out about the severe institutional hardships he endured. He speaks publicly about his experience because of the friends he left behind when he was released. A standing ovation ended the conference.

Save the date for next year's 7th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference scheduled for April 25 & 26, 2019!  Early Bird Registration will open in January 2019.
Did You Miss the Conference  this Year?
Were you in court, on the wait list, or just unable to make it to this year's 6th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference?  Don't fret.  Six sessions of the conference were recorded and are available as a home study for an expected 6.7 hours of CLE credit.  Order your home study recording HERE!
Thank You for Celebrating With Us and For Your Continued Support of CJDC!

Thank you to all who attended and contributed to CJDC's 10th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser. As in past years, we had a great turnout to our annual gathering on April 26th. Awards were awarded, silent auction items were auctioned, and generous contributions were contributed by truly generous people. Thank you! CJDC's mission continues because of you.

We, the board, would like to thank Barbi Springer, Amanda Butler, Mandee Johnson, Malin Andreassen, and Nancy Salas for their time, energy, and efforts that guaranteed such a success. Thanks also to Our Mutual Friend, Stem Ciders, and Kaspo, Inc. for the delicious food and drinks, and to Westbrook Jazz for their lovely music.  A truly heartfelt thanks to all of our event sponsors.

Congratulations to the 2018 Outstanding Juvenile Defenders of the Year, Brad Crown, Greg Duncan, Don Spicer, Nicole Lyells, Karen Parrott, Cindy Hyatt, Tracey Eubanks, David Lindemann and Matt Werner, the 2018 Outstanding Social Worker of the Year, Ryan Smith, and the 2018 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year, Stacie Nelson Colling. We admire and appreciate their dedication and hard work on behalf of children.




Thank You to Our Sponsors

Youth Justice Hero Sponsors
Hardy & Juba, LLC
David Graham & Stubbs
Polansky Law Firm

Youth Justice Advocate Sponsors
Peter Albani Law
Contiguglia Law Firm
Jeff Cuneo
Lindy Frolich
Carrie Meek
Patrick Vance

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

Gorman & Zuckerman, LLC

The Noble Law Firm, LLC
Leslie Krueger-Pagett
Jennifer Stinson Law
Amy Trenary
Evan Zuckerman Law

Youth Defender Couple Sponsors
Amanda & Travis Butler
Jana & Jim Cuneo
Holly Gummerson
Diane & Jim Kristie
Linda Mann & Dave Stokes
Andrea & Brad Philleo
Jackie & Art Souverein

Kaspo Inc.
Our Mutual Friend Brewery
STEM Ciders
3rd Edition Colorado
Juvenile Defense Manual is Here!

In 2013, we published the first  Colorado Juvenile Defense Manual which included 26 chapters on topics ranging from first appearances 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. Our 716-page 3rd edition manual, which introduces myriad case law and legislative updates across its 28 expansive chapters has arrived!

Order your 3rd Edition Colorado Juvenile Defense Manual online HERE!
Community Events and Training

LGBTQI Youth in Juvenile Justice Settings: Closing the Gap between Recommended Practice and Reality Webinar

May 15, 2018
More information   HERE

CJCA will host a webinar on working with LGBTQI youth in Juvenile Justice settings and closing the gap between recommended practice and reality including a discussion of and development of LGBTQI specific policy to improve safety and foster positive youth development. Currey Cook, Counsel and Youth In Out-Of-Home Care Project Director at Lambda Legal, will present.

Chained Voices 2018 Art Show

June 8-9, 2018
Art of Life Gallery
More information HERE

Chained Voices art shows enable many incarcerated artists to showcase their artwork while raising awareness and funds for various needs they face as incarcerated youth and adults. Many of the artists were convicted as juveniles. The Chained Voices community believes it is incredibly important to continue this opportunity for artistic expression, awareness and consciousness raising. Chained Voices shines light onto the issues that incarceration creates for individuals, families and communities by giving those incarcerated voices a chance to speak through their art.

School Engagement Professional Development Series

June 11-15, 2018
Colorado Springs, CO
More information HERE

The National Center for School Engagement is offering a Professional Development Series from June 11-15, 2018, in Colorado Springs, CO. This interactive training will provide school administrators, teachers, counselors, and juvenile court personnel with strategies to support youth and their families to become engaged in school. 
The schedule is the following:

Coalition for Juvenile Justice 2018 Annual Conference

June 27-30, 2018
Washington, D.C.
More information  HERE

This year's workshops and plenaries will take place from June 28th through the 29th, and will focus on the latest research, developments, and challenges facing our field today. 
The following questions will be addressed in meetings, table-talks, and workshops alike:
    • How can states and communities serve as leaders in shaping a better juvenile justice system?
    • How can we improve collaborations with young people with lived experiences in the systems in which we work?
    • What can be done to leverage partnerships to help improve physical and mental health services, and better address youths' needs for education and housing?
    • What role does advocacy play as communities seek to improve services and provide for trauma-informed care for children and youth?

81st Annual NCJFCJ Conference

July 22-25, 2018
Hyatt Regency Denver
More information  HERE

Join the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in Denver, Colorado for the 81st Annual Conference that features presentations on current and cutting edge topics that will inspire, provoke, and precipitate discussions about issues facing the juvenile and family court system. Plenary sessions highlighted by topic specific training tracks on family law, juvenile justice, child welfare, and family violence; as well as tracks featuring practical and innovative solutions are just the beginning of the educational offerings of the NCJFCJ's 81st Annual Conference.

Coalition for Juvenile Justice 2018 Disproportionate Minority Contact Conference

November 27-30, 2018
Baltimore, MD
More information  HERE

Join CJJ November 27th-30th at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland for CJJ's 2018 DMC Conference!
This year's conference will explore ways states and communities can address and eliminate disproportionate minority contact within their juvenile justice systems. Stay tuned for additional details. 
It's Easy to Support CJDC Every Day 

CJDC is proud to partner with  Community Shares of Colorado  in workplace giving campaigns. Making charitable donations via paycheck contributions is a convenient option that allows incremental gifts to add up over the course of a year.  A paycheck contribution of  $1 a day or $5 a week adds up to $260 annually! 

Contact Community Shares to help you get started at 303.861.7507 or giving@cshares.org, CJDC's Community Shares Number is 5214.
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.