National Juvenile Defender Center Conference Begins Today

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Braving the rain and thunderstorms brought on by Hurricane Sandy, juvenile defenders from across the country gather today in Puerto Rico to improve our skills to zealously advocate for youth accused of crimes.

So far, I had the opportunity to hear from Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry. He enthusiastically informed us of key ways to pursue change. After, Samantha Buckingham of Loyola Law School led an excellent breakout session on Developing Timelines to Enhance Litigation Strategy. Using an actual juvenile case from her clinic, we brainstormed the scenario using a timeline to work on motions to suppress both statements and evidence. It felt like a practical Criminal Procedure class.

I look forward to the next two days of this program. The sessions may be even better than last year’s conference in Seattle.

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