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In Defense of Youth: The Role and Responsibilities of Defense Counsel in Delinquency Court

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A FREE training opportunity sponsored by the Judicial Council of California and presented by the University of San Diego School of Law’s Children’s Advocacy Institute.

Youth justice is a complex and ever-evolving area of law, policy, and practice. Youth in delinquency court face potentially severe and enduring consequences as a result of involvement with the youth justice system. Professionals working with and on behalf of youth in these important cases require specialized skills, education, and training. To promote competent legal representation of children in delinquency court, “In Defense of Youth” provides 1.5 days of instruction from a faculty of esteemed and experienced professionals on a broad scope of important topics. This training satisfies the training requirements for youth defenders under California Rule of Court 5.664.

Attendees 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. To ensure research-based and culturally competent representation of youth, presenters will share information related to adolescent brain development, trauma, mental health, multi-system involvement, racial bias, and special circumstances presenting challenges for youth.

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, probation departments, and Court Appointed Special Advocates as well as attorneys and judges. We hope you will join us in sunny San Diego for this comprehensive and vital training.

To view the agenda for this training, please visit our website.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS:

MCLE (for Attorneys):

  • Aug. 11, 2022: The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider and this event has been approved for 6.5 hours of General MCLE credit, 1 hour of Legal Ethics MCLE credit, and 0.25 hours of Recognition and Elimination of Bias MCLE credit.
  • Aug. 12, 2022: 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, 1.25 hours of Recognition and Elimination of Bias MCLE credit, and 1 hour of Legal Ethics MCLE credit.

BBS CE (for social workers and mental health professionals):

  • Aug. 11, 2022: 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 BBS licensees. CFCC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This training meets the qualifications for 7.75 hours of continuing education (CE) credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Aug. 12, 2022: 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 BBS licensees. CFCC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This training meets the qualifications for 4.25 hours of continuing education (CE) credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

STC (for probation and corrections professionals):

  • STC approval will be sought; more information to come

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

**This event will comply with all state, county, and USD COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Coming from out of town?

For information about where to stay, call Hotel Reservations Network at (800) 964-6835 or San Diego International Visitor Information Center at (619) 236-1212. Accommodations closest to the USD campus can be found in the Mission Valley, Old Town and Hotel Circle areas of San Diego.

For more information about planning a visit to San Diego, the following link may be helpful:

usdpartnership.com - Bartell Hotels, owned by USD alumnus Richard Bartell, offers special rates to anyone visiting the USD campus.

Parking

Parking on campus is available for a fee. Attendees should park in the WPS (West Parking Structure). The pay stations on campus accept coins as well as Visa & Mastercard credit/debit cards. They do not accept cash or American Express cards. For more information on parking on campus, click here.

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