Events and Training
7th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference
April 25-26, 2019
Ralph Carr Judicial Building
Last year, we partnered with the Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel (OADC) and the Office of the Child’s Representative (OCR) to bring you our 6th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference. Registration completely filled up and we held the sold-out event in late April of 2018. This year, we are moving to a larger space and are adding four breakout tracks!
Join CJDC, OADC, and OCR on April 25th and 26th for our intensive, two-day, multi-track 7th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference in Denver. Session topics will range from gang and trauma intersectionality to marijuana and juvenile court; diversion and the CSG assessment; juvenile law updates; video appearance at detention hearings; facility closures; restorative justice; education issues; and so much more! Download the FULL CONFERENCE AGENDA HERE!
The two-day conference has been approved for 13 general CLEs and an additional 1.5 ethics credits.
Photos from Our 6th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference and 10th Anniversary Celebration
The 6th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference took place on April 26-27, 2018 at the Ralph Carr Judicial Center in Denver. The Conference was organized and put on by the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center in conjunction with the Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel and Office of the Child’s Representative.
Conference attendees included attorneys, both defense and guardians ad litem, and social workers from throughout Colorado. The conference featured a JTIP (Juvenile Training Immersion Program) track, which allowed attorneys to break off into small groups and delve deeper into specific legal issues. This particular track focused on four legal issues: competency, client statements, immigration, and sexual assault cases. It gave participants the opportunity to discuss specific fact patterns, and have a roundtable discussion utilizing practical problem-solving skills as wells as legal analysis.
All participants were able to enjoy sessions that focused on how to advocate for youth in placement, as well as the role of counsel – both defense and guardian ad litem – in delinquency cases. Kristin Henning, a faculty member at Georgetown Law School, presented two interesting lectures. They were on the topics of implicit racial bias and how to raise the issue of race in your legal advocacy. Her presentations were thought-provoking, forcing the participants to confront their own implicit biases, while also giving practioners concrete advocacy tools to use when representing youth.
The highlight for many at the conference was a session featuring a mother and son who have been through the Colorado juvenile justice system. Their story was one of perseverance and determination within the system. The then-juvenile, now adult recounted how his mental health deteriorated within juvenile justice institutions. He told the group that he speaks out about the severe institutional hardships he endured. He speaks publicly about his experience because of the friends he left behind when he was released. A standing ovation ended the conference.
Thank you to all who attended and contributed to CJDC’s 10th Anniversary celebration and fundraiser. As in past years, we had a great turnout to our annual gathering on April 26th. Awards were awarded, silent auction items were auctioned, and generous contributions were contributed by truly generous people. Thank you! CJDC’s mission continues because of you.
We, the board, would like to thank Barbi Springer, Amanda Butler, Mandee Johnson, and Nancy Salas for their time, energy, and efforts that guaranteed such a success. Thanks also to Our Mutual Friend, Stem Ciders, and Kaspo, Inc., for the delicious food and drinks, and to Westbrook Jazz for their lovely music.
Thank You to our Youth Justice Hero Sponsors – Hardy & Juba, LLC, David Graham & Stubbs, and the Polansky Law Firm.
Thank You to our Youth Justice Advocate Sponsors – Peter Albani Law, Contiguglia Law Firm , Jeff Cuneo, Lindy Frolich, Carrie Meek, and Patrick Vance.
Thank You to our Youth Justice Partner Sponsors – Stacie Nelson Colling, Cutler Law Office, LLC, Churches for Middle East Peace, Gorman & Zuckerman, LLC, Leslie Krueger-Pagett, The Noble Law Firm, LLC, Jennifer Stinson Law, Amy Trenary, and Evan Zuckerman Law.
Thank You to our Youth Defender Sponsors – Amanda & Travis Butler, Jackie & Art Souverein, Jana & Jim Cuneo, Holly Gummerson, Diane & Jim Kristie, Linda Mann & Dave Stokes, and Andrea & Brad Philleo.
Thank you to our Event Underwriters – Our Mutual Friend Brewery, STEM Cider Company, and Kaspo Inc.
Photos from our 5th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference,
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 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!