Meet Our Interim Executive Director!

Patrick Vance is a 1979 graduate of the Law School at Tulsa University.  In 1981, Mr. Vance began a twenty-year career with the Colorado State Public Defender Office retiring in 2002.  While in the Public Defender's Office, Mr. Vance (Pat) was a trial attorney in six regional public defender offices and was a Senior Attorney in the Colorado Springs Office, and an office head in two other regional offices.  During his career as a public defender, Mr. Vance litigated over 100 felony trials and was involved in death penalty representation.
Since 2002, Mr. Vance has been in private practice specializing in criminal defense.  In 2008, Mr. Vance was a founding member and board member of (CJDC).  Most recently, Mr. Vance has specialized in the defense of juveniles subject to prosecution as adults pursuant to the Direct File Statutes.  

Please join us in welcoming Pat as CJDC's Interim Executive Director!

CJDC's Summer Interns Hard at Work!

The CJDC Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps team is busy at work with many clients and a growing waitlist for representation in expungement and other record clearing petitions. 

Hayley (pictured here), one of our two AmeriCorps JD law student interns, recently represented a client in Arapahoe District Court under the provisions of the Colorado student practice act.  She was supervised in court by Elise Logemann, and was successful in convincing the court to grant two petitions in favor of our client! The CJDC Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps fellow and interns also recently visited a juvenile treatment facility in Denver to speak with a group of teens to answer legal questions and provide some guidance regarding the legal options available after they complete their sentences.

To learn more about our Believe in Youth  project, visit our website HERE!
Become a CJDC Member Today!

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 defenders 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 ($75)
  • First Year Attorney ($50)
  • Interns/Students (complementary)
Upcoming Events and Training
New 2017 Expedited Sealing, Juvenile Expungement and  Deregistration Procedures

August 9, 2017 | 11:00am - 4:00pm
Ralph Carr Justice Center
1300 Broadway, Rm #1E
4 General CLE Credits Anticipated

Free for CJDC members! More information  

CJDC Membership Meeting

August 9, 2017 | 4:00 - 4:30pm
Ralph Carr Justice Center
1300 Broadway, Rm #1E

We want to hear from you!  Join our Policy Committee Chair, Hannah Proff to discuss CJDC's programs and help direct our work for the coming year. Open to all current or potentially interested
 CJDC members.

NACC's National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference

Pre-Conference:   August 9, 2017
3-Day Conference:   August 10-12, 2017

For more information, visit NACC HERE!

Juvenile-Specific Training for OADC Contractors in Rural Colorado

The Colorado Office of Alternate Defense Counsel (OADC) is working hard to bring juvenile defense training to its contractors in rural areas of Colorado this fall.  

Please contact Stacie Nelson Colling, Juvenile Coordinator
for more information.  Stacie can be reached via phone at 303-515-6933 or via email at

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 26-27, 2018 for our 6th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference!  Stay tuned for more details as the dates get closer.
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!  
2017 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!
Juvenile Justice in the News

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

"In light of the Supreme Court decisions banning life without parole for juvenile offenders, dozens of Colorado prisoners who committed crimes as minors could be eligible for release, but only one has been freed."

Gabriela Hernandez, a first generation Mexican-American digs into the reasons why so many children cross the U.S. border alone or with their families.  She shares stories from clients who have immigrated to the U.S. seeking asylum from unimaginable violence and how they end up in detention centers in the U.S.   

"Crown Heights," a new film that tells a tale of friendship and perseverance in the face of a miscarriage of justice.  "The drama is the story of Colin Warner, an 18-year-old immigrant from Trinidad who was arrested for a 1980 killing in New York that he played no part in. He ended up spending two decades behind bars before being freed - largely due to the efforts of his childhood friend Carl "KC" King, who ran down witnesses and lobbied lawyers to take on Warner's case."
Thank You!

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 and Sheri Danz on Behalf of the Office of the Child's Representative for your continued support of CJDC and our programs.