NJDC and SJDC

The National Juvenile Defender Center is an advocacy organization that promotes positive youth development in the juvenile justice system, improved advocacy for children, and policy reform in the juvenile justice arena nationwide. NJDC advances its mission by encouraging juvenile defenders to seek specialized knowledge and training in representing juveniles, advocating for legislative and policy reform nationwide, and building a nationwide community of activists for the rights of children. LPDB proudly associates with NJDC and collaborates on promoting training, operating a list serve for juvenile defense attorneys, and developing tools for success in juvenile defense.

The National Juvenile Defender Center certifies juvenile defense trainers in its model training curriculum, the Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP). Deputy Public Defender - Director of Juvenile Defender Services Richard M. Pittman and LPDB Board Member Hector Linares are certified JTIP trainers along with other members of the juvenile defense community.

In 2015, NJDC recognized LPDB Board Member Hector Linares as a 'trailblazer' for juvenile defense. NJDC frequently calls upon Prof. Linares to serve as faculty in its JTIP Summer Program, a two-week intensive training program for juvenile defenders around the country.

The Southern Juvenile Defender Center is a regional subdivision of the National Juvenile Defender Center. DPD-DJDS Richard Pittman and Prof. Linares sit on the SJDC's advisory committee. SJDC promotes the values and goals of the National Juvenile Defender Center through mobilizing attorneys in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina. LPDB has been active in coordinating SJDC's activities including the filing of amicus briefs in key court cases and planning annual conventions for juvenile defenders in the region.

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