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2016 Intensive Juvenile Defender Training – March 9-11, 2016

We are excited to announce that the 2016 Intensive Juvenile Defender Training, cosponsored by the School of Government and the Office of Indigent Defense Services, will be held on March 9-11, 2016 at the Guilford County Juvenile Detention Center and UNC School of Government.

It is designed for attorneys representing juveniles in delinquency proceedings less than two years or attorneys who have not practiced in this area for a period of time. The program begins at the Guilford County Juvenile Detention Center in Greensboro with an introduction to theories of adolescent brain development, detention advocacy, and a discussion with juveniles in detention and the manager of the detention center. Attorneys will also tour the facility. The program continues at the School of Government on Thursday and Friday with sessions such as suppression, evidence blocking and dispositions. Additionally, it includes workshops in which participants practice trial skills, such as preparing and arguing a suppression motion. The training will offer 14.0 hours of CLE credit, which includes one hour of ethics. The agenda is posted on the course page.

PARTICIPANTS: The Intensive Juvenile Defender Training is open to public defenders and private attorneys who represent juveniles in delinquency proceedings or attorneys who want to practice in this area. Attendance is limited to 36 participants in light of the intensive small group work.

TIMES: Check-in will be on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, at which time the program will begin. The program ends on Friday, March 11, 2016 at 12:15pm.

REGISTRATION: To register online, as well as to find directions and other program information, please visit:

The registration fee for private assigned counsel is $300. Thanks to support from IDS, there is no fee for IDS employees. Pre-registration is required and space is limited; the online registration deadline is 5:00pm on FRIDAY, March 4, 2016. There is no onsite registration.

HOTEL INFORMATION: A block of rooms has been set up at the Holiday Inn Express Chapel Hill. The rate is $77 per night and includes a full deluxe hot breakfast, high speed wireless internet access and local shuttle service. To reserve a room online please visit and use the group code NJD. To reserve a room by phone please call the hotel directly at 919.489.7555, provide your arrival / departure dates and the group code NJD. You are responsible for making your own hotel reservation. The reservation deadline for the block rate is February 23, 2016. After this date, guests will be accommodated on a space-available basis and may not be able to obtain the group rate.

TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT – STATE EMPLOYEES ONLY: If you are an IDS employee, your eligibility for travel reimbursement at the state rate is contingent upon state rules and regulations. For all questions regarding travel reimbursement, please contact Patty Barbour—Accounts Payable Supervisor at IDS—at 919.789.3615.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: We look forward to seeing you in March.  If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Danielle Rivenbark – Program Manager – at or 919-843-8981, or Austine Long – Program Attorney for the Indigent Defense Education – at or 919.962.9594.

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