Events and Training

CJDC’s 10th Anniversary 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.

6th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference

We are partnering with the Office of Alternate Defense Counsel (OADC) and the Colorado Office of the Child’s Representative (OCR)  to bring you another two-day, multi- track Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference on April 26th and 27th, 2018!

Session topics will include Challenging 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; Role of Counsel.  REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS CLOSED. Please reach out to if you would like to be added to the wait list.

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. 


Photos from our 5th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference,
Gault at 50 Celebration, and Justice Rising Lunch

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



Photos from our 4th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference and Justice Rising Reception 

Thank you to the almost 100 people who attended the 4th Annual CJDC/ADC Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference, Guardians at the Gates: Zealous Advocacy from Start to Finish! We had incredible presentations by Erica Cushna, Youth Advocacy Division, Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services; Tim Curry, National Juvenile Defender Center; Amanda Powell, Consultant to the National Juvenile Defender Center, David Fisher, Esq., and many other talented juvenile defenders. Awards were presented to Ann Roan, Outstanding Juvenile Defender of the Year, Hillary Vervalin, Outstanding Juvenile Forensic Social Worker of the year, and Barbi Springer, CJDC Volunteer of the year. We also heard a performance from Youth on Record artist Diego Flores!

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