CJDC...Not Dead Yet!

Many of you may have heard that CJDC had stopped its operations.  Happily, that's not true.  We've reorganized to become more cost-efficient and better able to concentrate on the delivery of services that will best serve Colorado Youth. 

Our board spent the fall and winter of 2016 scaling back, planning, and focusing on continuing our key initiatives with a focus on our core mission. After rehiring, developing a new strategic plan, and moving forward with our key projects, we look forward to reengaging our members in 2017!

Many of our supporters have asked what caused the recent changes to CJDC's staff. In 2014 and 2015, CJDC expanded its services, continuing to advocate for justice for children through policy change, but also directly representing youth in direct file, expungement, and deregistration proceedings, and expanding our training and membership services. With the addition of a Director of Juvenile Policy, we successfully advocated for two bills that passed in 2016 to eliminate juvenile life without parole in Colorado and limit the use of solitary confinement in juvenile facilities.

We had hoped to continue this expanded work with our larger staff in 2016, with an anticipated growth in funding. Unfortunately, like many juvenile justice organizations, CJDC was not able to meet its fundraising goals in 2016, and was forced to downsize drastically. After staying staffed at full capacity for as long as possible,  we laid off full time staff in the fall of 2016. Our board became a working board, and met in September of 2016 to create a new strategic plan to continue CJDC's main initiatives with reduced funding. During our strategic planning retreat, the board focused on CJDC's core mission: ensuring excellence in juvenile defense and advocacy and justice for all children and youth in Colorado. We identified four core projects that will continue in 2017 and 2018: 

The Believe in Youth Project
  • CJDC continues to represent juveniles and former juveniles who seek to expunge their records and remove their names from public registries. As part of this project CJDC files petitions to expunge and deregister for indigent clients, and provides assistance in seeking employment and further education after the juvenile record is expunged.
  • CJDC hired our new Equal Justice Works Americorps Equal Opportunity Fellow, Adam Graber, in the fall of 2016. Thanks to generous fun ding from Equal Justice Works, the Nord Family Foundation, the Denver Foundation, and the Colorado Bar Association, this project is funded through September of 2017, and we are eligible to renew the fellowship for another year at that time. A dam executes the Believe in Youth project under the supervision of our Supervising Attorney, Elise Logemann.


Access to Juvenile Justice: The Rural and Tribal Southwest


  • This project, funded by the DOJ's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), is examining access to specialized and zealous juvenile defense in the rural and tribal areas of the Southwest region. The project also provides training to defenders in rural and tribal areas.
  • CJDC hired our new Access to Justice Program Manager, Amanda Butler, in January of 2017. 
Annual Excellence in Defense Conference
  • CJDC will continue to provide training to Colorado's juvenile defenders, including our Fifth Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference, scheduled for April 21, 2017.  More details on speakers and how you can register to attend will be forthcoming. 
Policy Advocacy for Children Charged as Adults
  • CJDC has been a leader in juvenile justice policy advocacy in Colorado, and will continue to advocate for just juvenile policy through our policy committee, chaired by Hannah Proff.
  • We hold regular training and meetings for attorneys representing children charged as adults and children sentenced to juvenile life without parole, to share resources  and brainstorm litigation strategies.

CJDC's board, with the assistance of our wonderful volunteers, continues to work diligently to assist in these initiatives, and has formed key committees comprised of volunteers and board members to ensure that CJDC meets its fundraising goals while implementing this strategic plan. 

We thank you for your generous support in CJDC's summer raffle and recently on Colorado Gives Day. Without your donations and volunteer hours, CJDC would not have been able to continue pursuing the four core projects described above.
Meet the CJDC Board of Directors !
Behind the scenes, CJDC's dedicated board of directors works hard to keep us moving forward.  Some of our board members have been around since CJDC's founding and others have recently joined the team.  Take a minute to visit our board of directors page to get to know them all!

Leslie Kruger-Pagett

Board Chair
Attorney at Law

Sheri Danz
Board Secretary
Deputy Director, Office of the Child's Representative

Lindy Frolich
Board Member
Executive Director, Office of Alternate Defense Counsel

Cameron Monoco
Board Member
Brand Loyalist, Kaspo Inc.

Ann Roan
Board Member
State Training Director, Colorado PD Office

Jacqueline Souverein
Board Member
Senior Technical Trainer, INVIDI Technologies

Upcoming Events
CJDC Policy Committee Meeting

        March 8, 2017 at 11:15 am
        Platform T Coffee
        95 Lincoln Street
        Denver, CO 

Gault at 50: What Difference Does a Lawyer Make?
Free Symposium addressing Access to Qualified Counsel

Join us for 3 CLE credits, including an ethics credit!

Presentation by Laura Nirider, counsel for Brendan Dassey, whose case was featured on "Marking a Murderer."

April 20th, 2017 1:00-4:00 pm
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO

 **Co-hosted by CJDC, ADC, OCR, and the Office of the Public Defender

Gault at 50: CJDC Celebration and Fundraiser
Following the Symposium, CJDC is hosting a reception.  Join us for cocktails, appetizers, and conversation with fellow  juvenile defenders. 
Tickets include open bar!

April 20th, 2017 4-6:30 pm
Cost: $40/ticket in advance
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO

Click here to register

5th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference
Join us for a full day of CLE credits! Topics include defending juveniles in sex offense cases, addressing trauma and language disabilities, effective oral advocacy, ethics, and so much more! Hosted by CJDC and ADC. The conference includes our:

Justice Rising Awards Luncheon

Join us for lunch and to honor our Juvenile Defender of the Year!

April 21, 2017
Conference 8:30-5:00
Lunch 12:00-1:30
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 

            Click here to register

Attend all of our events on April 20-21!! You can register for the Symposium, Reception, and Excellence in Juvenile Defense Training by clicking here !
Welcome New CJDC Staff!

Adam Graber
Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow

Adam Graber, originally from Chicago, completed his B.A. in Anthropology at the University of California Santa Cruz.  He graduated from law school at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2015, where he had focused his studies on the areas of Public Interest Law, Individual Rights, and Criminal Defense.  Throughout law school he had the opportunity to serve as a law clerk intern in the juvenile division of Colorado's 8th 
District Court, as a summer legal intern for the CJDC, and as a student attorney for the Colorado State Public Defender's Fort Collins office.  As a native Chicagoan, Adam became aware of the imbalance of power and the shortcomings of our legal system at an early age.  This has grown into a passion to serve the underrepresented and marginalized, who often do not have access to necessary and important legal resources.  This is particularly true for children in the juvenile justice system. Adam runs CJDC's Believe in Youth Project, working to eliminate the collateral consequences of a juvenile record that can last well into adulthood. 
Amanda Butler
Access to Justice Program Manager

Amanda  is a Denver native and summa cum laude graduate from the University of Colorado Denver, where she received her bachelor's degree in communication. She also holds certificates in mediation and public relations, has been recognized as both a Gorniak and Puksta Fellowship scholar, and is a recipient of the Lael Porter Community Service Award. Her work outside of the office includes service on the auxiliary board for Family HomeStead and teaching inmates at a local correctional facility. Amanda is also the founding director of the Colorado Prison Arts Festival.
Elise Logemann and Hannah Proof continue to provide part time support to CJDC-visit our staff page to get to know them!
Success in Court!

Since our new Equal Justice AmeriCorps Fellow started, CJDC has:
  • Gotten 6 juvenile records expunged;
  • Gotten 8 clients off of the sex offender registry;
  • Corrected an erroneous juvenile record to help a client gain employment; and
  • Gotten a case DISMISSED in municipal court!

Congrats to our new fellow and to all of the juvenile defenders figh ting for our clients in court every day!