Kim Dvorchak is a founder of the Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition and its first Executive Director. In her career as a juvenile defender, Ms. Dvorchak represented youth in juvenile court, criminal court, and appellate court, specializing in the defense of children prosecuted as adults. Ms. Dvorchak litigated the constitutionality of prosecutorial direct file in the Colorado Supreme Court and spearheaded comprehensive reforms to curtail the prosecution and jailing of youth as adults. Ms. Dvorchak presents continuing legal education workshops across the country on juvenile law, litigation strategies, and policies that improve the treatment of youth. Ms. Dvorchak previously worked as a staff attorney in the juvenile offender unit of the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Division in New York City, and began her career as a public defender in Colorado Springs. In 2009 Kim Dvorchak was awarded the Robert E. Shepherd Jr. Leadership Award for Excellence in Juvenile Defense by the National Juvenile Defender Center. Kim Dvorchak was appointed to the Juvenile Justice Task Force of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, and sat on the Legislative Task Force to Study School Discipline.
CJDC Congratulates Kim Dvorchak for her recent awards:
Jackie Pena is the Office Manager of the Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition and helps staff CJDC’s Resource Center. Jackie has an Associate’s degree from Weber State University and is currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work Administration. Jackie is from Ogden, Utah and through her diverse career has served several non-profit agencies, including Foster Care Agencies, YMCA after- school programs, serving Title 1 children, and the Weber School District. She successfully implemented new programs at the YMCA and strengthened Foster Care Agencies by engaging and training community members to become foster parents and play an active role in child advocacy. Jackie looks forward to providing informational resources regarding Colorado’s juvenile justice system.