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.
  • Friday, June 11, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Zoom WEBINAR for Government

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:

Thursday, April 15, 2021; 11 am-1 pm PDT

Critical Challenges: Confessions, Strikes, and Transfer

Presenter: Robert Lu, JD

Motion practice is a key part of delinquency counsel’s ethical obligation to protect the constitutional and statutory rights of juveniles in juvenile court proceedings. This session will examine several critical challenges every defender should consider, including motions to suppress statements and evidence, and provide the legal basis and key arguments related to each challenge. The presenter will explore the application of adolescent development research to motion practice. This session will also include information on the transfer of juveniles to adult court, including an explanation of current law and procedure as well as key considerations for effective advocacy in transfer hearings.  Finally, this session will provide an overview of the complex and important topic of three strikes law as it relates to juvenile adjudication.


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.

BBS: The Judicial Council of California, Center for Families, Children & the Courts (CFCC), provider number 58804, is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) to sponsor continuing education for licensees of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). CFCC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program meets the qualifications for continuing education (CE) credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Presenter's Bios

Robert Lu, JD

Robert Lu is the Juvenile Trainer for the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office.  He has worked in juvenile assignments for over half of his 15 years in the office.  He presents trainings on juvenile issues for attorneys and social workers in his office.  Outside of the Public Defender’s office, he has also presented to the California Public Defenders’ Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Before becoming a public defender, he spent several years trapped in the black hole of civil discovery.  

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 Charina Zalzos


Upcoming Webinars:

 May 7, 2021; 1:00 am to 1:00 pm PST 
Disposition, Post-Disposition, and Probation
Presenters: Jennifer Cannady, JD and Brian Richart
Click here to register for May 7th

 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
Click here to register for June 11th

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