Juvenile Committee

The mission of the NAPD Juvenile Committee is:

  1. To ensure improved juvenile defense is a priority of the national public defense community
  2. To ensure trainining and materials - in whatever format and from whatever respected source – are made widely available to juvenile practitioners and defender leaders throughout the country
  3. To meaningfully and proactively communicate and collaborate with other like-minded entities to promote common goals

The Juvenile Committee is predominantly focused on issues relating to representing juvenile clients in delinquency proceedings, proceedings related to status offenses, as well as juveniles who face adult sentencing in juvenile or adult court.

The Juvenile Committee directs cases affecting juvenile rights to the NAPD Amicus Committee, hosts webinars, submits juvenile-focused blog posts to the NAPD website as well as through social media, contributes various policy/leadership/trial skills resources to MyGideon, and makes comments upon developing professional standards for juvenile practice. In advance of the arguments in Montgomery v. Louisiana (argued – successfully! – before the United States Supreme Court by NAPD member and Amicus Committee Member Mark Plaisance), the Juvenile Committee worked with the NAPD communications network to create an appropriate set of defender talking points for the substantive issue of retroactivity for mandatory life sentences imposed upon juvenile offenders.
 
In February 2016, NAPD co-published its Juvenile Defense Self-Assessment Tool (JD-SAT) with the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC), which was endorsed by the NAPD Steering Committee. The committee supports the premise that defense in juvenile cases requires carefully cultivated and properly developed juvenile defenders. The role of the juvenile defender has evolved to require a challenging and complex skill-set needed to meet core ethical obligations. The Self- Assessment Tool is intended to assist defender leaders who want to ensure that juvenile defense is sufficiently resourced within their organizations and agencies, and that juvenile defense delivery complies with national standards. For those who have utilized or would like to utlize the JD-SAT can receive free technical assistance from NAPD and NJDC. This technical assistance is provided by juvenile defense experts, and is an invaluable opportunity to evaluate and improve juvenile defense services in your jurisdiction.
 
The committee continues to reach out to juvenile defenders, including attorneys, social workers, paralegals, investigators and other supportive staff working in mixed-practice offices as well recruit stand-alone juvenile defender agencies to NAPD membership, working together towards ensuring that improved juvenile defense is a priority of the national defense community. The Juvenile Committee meeting dates are determined via polling to achieve maximum participation. If you are interested in joining the Juvenile Committee, email Heather H. Hall

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NAPD News

July 1, 2018: General Registration opens for the “WE THE DEFENDERS” TRAINING CONFERENCE,  November 26-29, 2018, Indianapolis, IN

Due to overwhelming demand, NAPD will again offer this comprehensive Investigator and Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate training experience! The program will include one track for Investigators and a separate track for Social Worker/Sentencing Advocates.  Hear from nationally recognized experts who will share their knowledge on a wide range of topics relevant to the work you do each and every day.  Network with other criminal defense practitioners from around the country and find your tribe. Registration closes Septemebr 3.
This one of a kind conference is developed through surveys of the registrants.   You have a say in what sessions are offered and will have multiple options during the conference.
Click here to watch as the schedule develops based on your suggestions.
Click here to see the faculty list. 
Click here to register for the Investigator Conference Track.
Click here to register for the Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate Conference Track.
Click here to make a hotel reservation at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

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January 23, 2018: In response to US Attorney General Jeff Session's reversal of prior policy on the imposition of fines and fees for criminal defendants, NAPD submitted the following letter on behalf of the public defender community. You can read the letter HERE
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January 17, 2018: The 2018 NAPD Investigators Conference and 2018 Social Workers & Sentencing Advocates Institute (March 26-29, 2018 in Denver, CO) are now at full capacity and closed for registration. A wait list is being developed.
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November 28, 2017: NAPD has uploaded videos of the presentations from the 2017 NAPD Workloads Conference in St. Louis (held November 17-18). Members can access these valuable presentations on MyGideon by logging into their NAPD account.
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