In Defense of Juveniles: What Delinquency Attorneys Need to Know about Working with and on Behalf of Youth

In Defense of Juveniles: What Delinquency Attorneys Need to Know about Working with and on Behalf of Youth

Date and Time

  • Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, January 22, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 5, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 7, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.



5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Sponsored by the Judicial Council of California and Presented by the University of San Diego School of Law's Children's Advocacy Institute

Juvenile justice is a complex and ever-evolving area of law, policy, and practice. Professionals working with and on behalf of children in delinquency cases require specialized skills, education, and training. Furthermore, children in these cases face potentially severe and enduring consequences as a result of involvement with the juvenile justice system. Juvenile defense attorneys are of critical importance ensuring that juveniles receive the care, treatment, and guidance upon which the juvenile court system is premised.

To promote competent legal representation of children in delinquency court, California Rule of Court 5.663 requires 12 hours of training for attorneys in juvenile justice proceedings. “In Defense of Juveniles” complies with this requirement, providing instruction from a faculty of esteemed and experienced professionals on a broad scope of important topics. Participants will gain foundational knowledge about the purpose of the juvenile court as well as California delinquency statutes, case law, and general court procedure. This training program will explore the duties and responsibilities of counsel for children and how these apply in various circumstances and stages of representation including pre-adjudication and post-disposition and when there is risk of transfer to adult court. The program will examine the most up to date research on adolescent brain development and offer strategies for effectively interviewing and counseling adolescents. Presenters will share information related to trauma, mental health, multi-system involvement, racial bias, and other circumstances presenting challenges for youth in order to promote research-based and culturally competent representation.

A key aspect of the juvenile justice system is the multi-disciplinary nature of the process. Therefore, sessions within this program offer training on topics relevant to the work of child welfare agencies and probation departments as well as attorneys and judges.

Next Webinar:

Friday, January 22, 2021, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT

Understanding and Working with the Juvenile Client

Presenters:   Keith R. Cruise, PhD, MLS   &   Carly Baetz,  JD, PhD

Over the past two decades, research in the fields of psychology and neuroscience have revealed a great deal about the development of the adolescent brain.  These discoveries have deepened our understanding of delinquent behavior and how adolescent brain development impacts young people’s thoughts and actions.  This research has influenced Supreme Court decisions regarding criminal culpability and has changed the legal decision-making landscape for adolescents in criminal and juvenile court proceedings. All juvenile court practitioners should be aware of the practical applications of this research to juvenile court practice. In this session, presenters will share key components of adolescent development as well as explore other essential considerations when working with youth including the impact of mental health disorders and trauma, the relevance of disabilities, and the importance of understanding the influence of race, culture and poverty when representing youth. Presenters will offer guidance and strategies for effective communication with juvenile clients throughout representation. 

MCLE: The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider and this event has been approved for 2 hours of general MCLE credit.

STC: This program has been approved for STC credits under certification number 05374334.

BBS CE: CE approval will be sought; more information to come

Registration/Refund/Cancellation Policy. This program is provided free by the Judicial Council of California Center for Families, Children & the Courts. Because no fees are charged to participants, the program does not require a refund policy. Those who register for the program and later find they cannot attend are asked only to notify Elisa Weichel at prior to the training date.

Grievances. For grievance information contact Marymichael Smrdeli,  or 415-865-4220.

Accessibility. The Judicial Council of California, Center for Families, Children & the Courts supports the Americans with Disabilities Act, which promotes public accessibility for persons with disabilities. If participants require special equipment or services, they may contact the Administrative Coordinator Safina Motiwala at or 415-865-7481.

Please click the registration button to register for the January 22nd webinar.



Upcoming Webinars:

March 5, 2021; 11:00 am to 1:00 pm PDT 
Detention and Pre-adjudication Practice
Presenters: Sue Burrell, JD; Dorothy Daniels, JD;  Maureen Pacheco, JD & Arthur Bowie, JD
Registration coming soon!

 April 15, 2021; 11:00 am to 1:00 pm PST 
Critical Challenges: Confessions, Strikes, and Transfer
Presenter: Robert Lu, JD
Registration coming soon!

 May 7, 2021; 1:00 am to 1:00 pm PST 
Disposition, Post-Disposition, and Probation
Presenters: Jennifer Cannady, JD and Brian Richart
Registration Coming Soon!

 June 11, 2021; 1:00 am to 1:00 pm PST 
Ethical Duties and Best Practices in Working with Youth: Considerations Related to Culture, Race, and Special Circumstances 
Presenters: Hon. Marian Gaston, Christian Bijoux
Registration Coming Soon!

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