Annual Celebration & Fundraiser

CJDC’s 10th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser

Each year, CJDC honors an outstanding juvenile defender and social worker for their exemplary advocacy, endless commitment to fighting for their clients, and dedication to their work.  We also honor a volunteer for behind the scenes efforts to support CJDC’s mission and promote our programs.  We are pleased to announce the 2018 award recipients who embody the spirit, tenacity, and steadfast commitment to our vision of youth experiencing adolescence free from over-criminalization in a just society that promotes their well-being and provides second chances.

2018 Outstanding Juvenile Defenders of the Year | Brad Crown, Greg Duncan, Don Spicer, Nicole Lyells, Karen Parrott, Cindy Hyatt, Tracey Eubanks, David Lindemann and Matt Werner
This year has been a tumultuous one in Colorado Springs juvenile court, and it has taken significantly more effort and coordination to effectively cover the constant and ever-changing webs of multi-codefendant cases, as well as a constant stream of direct files and motions to transfer, than ever before.  This core OADC Colorado Springs delinquency team, along with the group of talented and dedicated attorneys who, although not in the regular JD rotation, has eagerly stepped up to help whenever needed has shown incredible dedication to kids they serve.  This, combined with their humility in putting the smooth functioning of the team ahead of their own, in order to more effectively represent the kids, is remarkable. They have weathered this storm through hard work, both individually and as a team.

2018 Outstanding Social Worker of the Year | Ryan Smith
Ryan is described by the attorneys he works with as “everything you would want in a social worker.” Ryan is knowledgeable, motivated, emphatic and bonds quickly with his clients.  Ryan, quite simply, is an instrumental part of the defense team from collecting records and interviewing family members, to making recommendations for comprehensive transition plans which have played a critical role in getting prosecutors to a point of understanding his client’s individual situations, and in affect, better outcomes for youth.

2018 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year | Stacie Nelson Colling
Under CJDC’s Access to Juvenile Justice project, Stacie has given her time, creativity, energy, and brilliance to develop and support the project through some especially challenging circumstances. Over the past year, she has also brought our Colorado Juvenile Defense Manual to its polished, consistent, professional, and fully updated 716-page 3rd edition – it is solely due to Stacie’s dedication and diligence that the 3rd edition exists.  Stacie continually supports CJDC each and every day, from co-organizing and hosting the annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference, to serving as a policy and practice resource for the community, to stepping in whenever CJDC needs a helping hand — she is always here, behind the scenes, quietly and humbly helping CJDC make a difference.

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 26, 2018.  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.