Homestudy CLEs

Did You Miss the Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference?

Were you in court, on the wait list, or just unable to make it to last year’s 6th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference?


Don’t fret. Six sessions of the conference were recorded and are available as a home study for 7.0 hours of CLE, including .9 ethics credits.  Recorded sessions include:

  • The Role of Counsel *Ethics – Presenters explore ethical considerations for both the defense attorney and Guardian ad Litem in a juvenile delinquency case, as well as the interplay between them when they represent the same client and that client’s best interest.
  • Education Advocacy I – Focusing on collaborating with schools to ensure the best outcomes for students, two education attorneys suggest how to advocate for students caught in the juvenile justice system. The presenters, one an attorney for parents and the other an attorney for schools, describe the disciplinary removal process as seen from “both sides.”
  • Education Advocacy II – Delinquency charges do not occur in a vacuum, so comprehensive juvenile defense must include holistic and interdisciplinary strategies. This panel discusses how to integrate education advocacy – specifically, special education advocacy – into juvenile defense to identify gaps in disability services and bring them to the attention of prosecutors and the court. Learn how to help your clients obtain services and better access to education, and how to incorporate a client’s educational access and history into mitigation.
  • Expungement and Deregistration – Learn about the juvenile sex offender registry and the collateral consequences associated with it. The presentation provides guidance in navigating onerous and confusing registration requirements, and the potential for reform. The presentation also provides guidance in navigating the new juvenile expungement law, and includes a discussion of some of the gaps that have surfaced as the law has begun to be implemented.
  • Direct File and Transfer Cases – The speakers engaged in an interactive discussion about the duty and role of both the GAL and the defense attorney to identify and advocate for the child’s treatment needs in a direct file or transfer case. They also discussed services currently available in the juvenile justice system.
  • Are You Ethically Advocating for Placement for Your Youth? – Advocacy for youth in placement can include a wide range of issues, from getting your client into placement and ensuring that it is the least restrictive and most appropriate placement, to ensuring that your client is not being abused by the caregivers who are responsible for his or her daily care. The presenters discuss these issues as well as issues around seclusion, restraints, and physical management. Further, the presenters explore the ethical obligations of GALs and defense attorneys to investigate whether their clients are safe in placement, and to raise these issues.

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