Council of State Governments Project

On January 31, 2018, the Council of State Governments, (CSG) assembled a task force in Colorado to assess the juvenile justice system's current law, policy and practice and identify ways to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for youth. CSG provide juvenile justice experts (including members of the CJDC Board) with an overview of their potential work in Colorado, as well as information regarding successful interventions in other states in the nation. The meeting was held at the Colorado Division of Youth Services (DYS) Lookout Mountain School.   
CSG is considering coming to Colorado as one of its sites, and their intervention would include an extensive examination and study of the Colorado juvenile justice system to help identify problem areas, system challenges and potential areas of improvement to help better meet the needs of children in the system.  This study would be performed by the CSG over approximately 2 years and would include original as well as secondary data collection.
The afternoon session included 3 focus groups.  These groups provided detailed information to CSG staff members regarding the Colorado juvenile justice system, the various ways a juvenile may move through this system and concerns relating to disparities in the system.
CJDC Celebrates 10th Anniversary
with Fundraiser and Reception

CJDC is celebrating 10 years of advocacy! Join us from 5-8pm on Thursday, April 26 for an evening of cocktails, appetizers, and award presentation for the 2018 Juvenile Defender, Social Worker, and Volunteer of the year. Admission includes an open bar. Benefiting CJDC.   Tickets available online HERE!

CJDC was founded in 2008 by a volunteer group of attorneys seeking to improve the quality of indigent juvenile defense.  We strongly believed our profession needed to be held accountable to the disadvantaged populations we serve, and that included engaging in improved practice of law and systems reform.  CJDC obtained 501(c )(3) status in 2010 and we are now celebrating our 10th year of successful juvenile defense and youth justice advocacy.
Access to Juvenile Justice in the Southwest

Housed at CJDC, the Access to Juvenile 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 Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah (the Southwest region).

CJDC has been hard at work coordinating the multi-location "Stages of Advocacy: Advanced Juvenile Defense Practice" training scheduled for March 9 in Utah.  We have also been coordinating a multi-location intensive Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) training which will be held in Arizona on May 11, 2018.

This month, CJDC will also be working in Oklahoma and New Mexico, meeting with our Tribal collaboration partners and observing court as part of the A Voice for Our Youth initiative.

To learn more about the  Access to Juvenile Justice: Rural and Tribal Southwest project , read our Southwest Regional Update HERE or contact Program Manager, Amanda Butler at or 720.636.0455.  
Join CJDC's Fundraising Committee


Are you interested in getting involved with the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center?  Join our Fundraising Committee and help us plan our fundraiser and reception celebrating CJDC's 10th Anniversary!

The Fundraising Committee meets via phone every other Wednesday and is chaired by Jacqueline Souverein. Reach out to Jackie at if you are interested in joining the Committee.
Community Events and Training

DIY Pro Se Juvenile Record Expungement Class

February 20 & 28, 2018
1245 14th Street | Room #1100 | Denver

Law students and volunteer attorneys will assist community members in preparing forms to file with the court to expunge juvenile records.  This clinic is for juvenile records only, no other legal issues will be handled.  Services limited to first come, first served.

6th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference

April 26-27, 2018
Ralph Carr Judicial Center
Denver, CO
Register  HERE

CJDC, the Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel, and Office of the Child's Representative are partnering to offer our two day, multi-track 6th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference!  Session topics will include c hallenging client's statements; competency; defending juvenile sex cases; direct file and transfer cases; education advocacy; expungement and deregistration; immigration; implicit bias; placement advocacy; raising race; and role of counsel.

Thanks to the Colorado Bar Foundation, all attendees at our 6th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference will receive a copy of the updated 3rd Edition Colorado Juvenile Defense Manual as part of the conference materials.  Can't make it to the conference?  You can order a copy of the manual online HERE.

Blueprints for Healthy Youth  Development Conference 

April 30 - May 2, 2018
The Westin Westminister
Register HERE

The Blueprints Conference disseminates knowledge designed to bridge the gap between research and practice by bringing together research scientists, prevention experts, program designers, policy-makers, community leaders, advocates, practitioners and funders to share ideas and learn about evidence-based programs to prevent problem behavior and enhance positive youth development. In addition to presenting information on a number of evidence-based programs, the conference provides information on policy and implementation practice. We are fortunate to have some of the industry's top speakers join us at each of the Blueprints Conferences and always look forward to learning from their experiences.

Chained Voices 2018 Art Show

June 8-9, 2018
Art of Life Gallery

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.

81st Annual NCJFCJ Conference 

July 22-25, 2018
Hyatt Regency
Register 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. 
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 are in need of assistance in developing specialized CLE offerings for juvenile defense counsel, you can request assistance through OJJDP's TTA program HERE.