Events and Training

 5th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference

April 20-21, 2017

Join us for three events to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of In re Gault, the case that gave juveniles a right to counsel!

Click here to register for all three events.

Gault at 50 Symposium: What Difference Does a Lawyer Make?

A free afternoon symposium featuring Laura Nirider, counsel for Brendan Dassey whose case was featured in “Making a Murderer,” a panel of formerly incarcerated youth, and Professor Robin Walker Sterling.  Earn 3 free CLE credits!
When: Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 1-4 pm
Where: 1300 Broadway | Denver, CO 80203
CLE: 3 credits, including 1 ethics credit
Click HERE to register now!
Sponsored by CJDC, OCR, ADC, and the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender.

Gault at 50 Celebration and Fundraiser!

Directly following the symposium, CJDC will be hosting a Gault at 50 Celebration and fundraiser. Join us for open bar, hot appetizers, cake, and good conversation.
We hope to raise $10,000 at this year’s reception! Please help us reach our goal by joining us as an event sponsor. 
When: Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 4-6:30 pm
Where: 1300 Broadway | Denver, CO 80203
Cost: $40 in advance or $50 at the door
Click HERE to register now!

5th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference

Join us for a full day of CLE credits! Topics include defending juveniles in sex offense cases, addressing trauma and language disabilities, effective oral advocacy, ethics, and so much more! Hosted by CJDC and ADC.  

The conference includes our Justice Rising Awards Luncheon, where we will award the juvenile defender and social worker of the year. If you can’t make it to the training, you can still register for the lunch.
When: Friday, April 21, 2017
Conference: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Lunch: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Where: 1300 Broadway | Denver, CO
Click HERE to register now! 


Nominate an Outstanding Juvenile Defender and/or social worker!!  Fill out this form and send CJDC a 1-2 page narrative summarizing why the person you are nominating is an exceptional juvenile defense attorney via email to by April 7, 2017 The recipient will be chosen by the CJDC Board of Directors and the award will be presented at the Justice RISING luncheon on April 21, 2017.


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! We look forward to seeing you again this year!

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Thank you to our Justice Rising Sponsors!!

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