Thank You for Celebrating With Us!
Thank You for a Successful Gault at 50 Celebration & Fundraiser !
 
Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the 5th Annual CJDC celebration and fundraiser!  Following the Gault at 50 Symposium on April 20th, we had a wonderful turnout for our fundraiser.  Quite simply, we could not carry on our mission without you.  Through your generosity we came close to reaching our fundraising goal. 

We, the board, would personally like thank Barbi Springer, Denise Ortega, and Amanda Butler for their time, energy, and efforts to make the event a success!  We would also like to extend a very special thanks to all our event sponsors!  We are so lucky to have such a large community of support for CJDC and our programs. 
  • Thank You to our Youth Defender Sponsors - The Law Offices of Meghan Baker, LLC, Stacie Colling, Expert Doxument Solutions, Inc., Richard & Karen Dvorchak, and Innovative Geo-Tech, LLC.
  • Thank You to our Youth Justice Partner Sponsors - The Law Office of Becky Briggs, Eytan Nielsen LLC, The McGuire Law Office, LLC, Learn Your Rights in Colorado, The Noble Law Firm, LLC, Gorman & Zuckerman, LLC, Boesen Law, LLC, Haddon, Morgan and Foreman P.C., Evan M. Zuckerman, Attorney at Law, and Kaspo.
     
  • 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 & Sheri Danz on Behalf of the Office of the Child's Representative.
     
  • Thank you to our Event Underwriters - Our Mutual Friend Brewery, STEM Cider Company, and Karen & Rex Logemann.




















   







Thank you for Another Successful Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference! 
 
The 5th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference was a huge success!  Thank you for taking time from your busy schedules to spend a day with us learning how to continue raising the bar on juvenile defense in Colorado.  Professor Brian Gonzales encouraged us to keep finding new and better ways to communicate with our clients, and professional storyteller Matthew Taylor taught us how to effectively tell our clients' stories. OADC Social Worker Coordinator Kevin Bishop helped us understand current research on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and OSPD Training Director Ann Roan and OSPD Social Worker Ivy Palu discussed conditions within DYC facilities, how we can find out what is happening to our clients in those facilities, and how we can help them.  Finally, OADC Deputy Director Darren Cantor and OADC Juvenile Defense Coordinator Stacie Colling helped us navigate complex conflict situations.  It was a great opportunity for juvenile defenders to come together and reaffirm our common purpose of providing excellent juvenile defense to the kids of Colorado.  

CJDC and OADC are already looking ahead to next year, when we will return to a 2-day, multi-track conference.  Watch for details as we confirm the dates and speakers.








Expungement Bill Passes Out of Appropriations

On Friday, April 28, 2017, House Bill 17-1204, a bill that simplifies the juvenile records expungement process by eliminating waiting periods and making certain expungements automatic, passed 13-0 out of the Appropriations Committee! The bill is set to be heard on the floor today (May 1), and continues to move forward.

Members of the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center Policy Subcommittee have been working with the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar on the bill.  Thank you to our Policy Committee Chair, Hannah Proff and to all who have worked hard on HB 17-1204.  If you are interested in getting involved with the CJDC Policy Subcommittee, please email Hannah Proff at hproff@johnsonklein.com
CJDC is Looking for Law Students Interested in "A Voice for Our Youth" Project!

The Access to Justice: Rural and Tribal Southwest project is a grant program funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) designed to study juvenile defense representation in rural, remote, tribal, and underserved areas in the southwest region.

Under the Access to Justice grant, A Voice for Our Youth Initiative seeks to offer training support to those defenders already advocating for youth on tribal land. Defenders representing Native American youth face unique issues, including navigating the interplay between the services available on tribal land and state-offered services. The goal of this project is to gauge the individualized needs of tribal courts and defenders representing tribal youth across the southwest and partner with those tribal courts to develop training and resources that respond to the needs of tribal youth within the southwest.

If you are a law student in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, or New Mexico (southwest region) and are interested in getting involved with the Access to Justice: Rural and Tribal Southwest project or A Voice for Our Youth initiative, please send your resume and letter of interest to Program Manager, Amanda Butler at admin@cjdc.org or mail to: Colorado Juvenile Defender Center | 1245 E. Colfax Ave, Suite #204 | Denver, CO 80218
Spotlight on 2017 CJDC Award Recipients! 

We awarded the 2017 Juvenile Defender of the Year Award to Kathleen Lord, and the 2017 Social Worker of the Year to Ezra Aldern.  Both are so very deserving and we are so proud and grateful to hav
Ezra Aldern
e them in our community.  Thank you to Ann Roan who introduced Kathleen and Lisa Moses who introduced Ezra.


Kathleen Lord
Our Volunteers of the Year are Elise Logemann and Hannah Seigel Proff.  As mentioned at the award presentation, CJDC has weathered and survived a difficult year in very large part because of Elise and Hannah's hard work and dedication.  Elise and Hannah were unable to attend the awards ceremony (working hard that day).  We will hold a ceremony for them soon, stay tuned!



CJDC Visits La Raza Youth Conference
On Saturday, April 29, Adam and Amanda attended the La Raza Youth Leadership Conference and resource fair.  This event aimed at providing youth between the ages of 12-24 with information about educational programs, health and employment services, and community resources.  CJDC hosted an informational table, and used this opportunity to connect with Colorado youth to discuss the juvenile justice system and provide flyers describing the CJDC and our current projects. 


Juvenile Justice in the News

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

Colorado Lawmakers Reconcile a Budget Without Wiggle Room

The Coloradan -  In a bipartisan effort, conference committee members allotted $745,000 to pay for the anonymous Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, which asks teens about drug use, sex habits and suicide in state budget.



Denver Post -
  Following the "years of secrecy and leaked reports of violent staff and youth at Spring Creek Youth Services Center in Colorado Springs" and CJDC's report with the ACLU of Colorado, Disability Law Colorado, and the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, revealing a punitive and violent culture in DYC facilities, some measurable improvements have been made at Spring Creek.  But changes at one facility should only be the starting place for system-wide change across the entire DYC system.


The Denver Chanel -  House Bill 1302, which would reduce the punishment for minors caught sexting by creating lower-level penalties, passed unanimously out of the House Judiciary Committee on April 20th. Written, in part, after a group of CaƱon City high school students were suspended, the bill would determine "consensual sexting between minors would be a civil infraction, and would come with fines and required education." HB1302 will now go to the house floor for a vote.
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!  
Support CJDC, Become a Member Today!

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.

CJDC's annual membership is $100.  To become a member, click HERE to donate $100 online, and write "membership" in the special instructions box.  Or, to pay by check, mail to CJDC, 1245 E. Colfax Ave, Suite 204, Denver, CO 80218.  Please make checks payable to Colorado Juvenile Defender Center.  Thank you!