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Week in Review: June 15-19

Here’s to another Friday in the books! Couple announcements and a bit of history today, and of course your weekly tip. Thanks for all that you continue to do.

Tip of the Week – Building Trust

Investing time is the single most important strategy for building trust and rapport with your client.  You need to listen and ask questions without judgment, and explain why you need to ask certain questions.  Allow your client the opportunity, and encourage him/her to ask questions as well.  Be sure to explain to your client how your role is different from other adults s/he has interacted with (i.e. attorney/client privilege).  And most importantly – never make a promise you can’t keep.  If you say you’re going to do something – do it!

Ahem! Announcements!

  1. The School of Government posted a new blog! Securing the Release of People in Custody in North Carolina During the COVID-19 Pandemic. The tips in this article could be useful in getting kids out of secure custody or in your secure custody hearings.

  2. A great webinar and joint presentation is coming June 23 at 12:00 with the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers, NC CRED, and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of NCAJ. They will be discussing disparate treatment in NC courts, racial disparities and how to combat these inequities. Click here for the full announcement.

  3. IDS will be sponsoring a 3-part free-to-attend webinar series on blood and bodily fluids, DNA evidence, and probabilistic genotyping software. Dr. Max Noureddine will train NC criminal defense attorneys and NC criminal defense investigators about understanding the DNA evidence in their cases. You can read the full posting here (& REGISTER!).


Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, also known as Freedom Day. June 19th  is recognized as the African American Emancipation Day after news delivered by Union soldiers in 1865, led by Major General Gordon Granger, announced in Galveston, Texas with news that the last of the enslaved were now free. This occurred TWO YEARS after President Lincoln’s Proclamation.

Today marks 155 years since the Emancipation Proclamation was revealed in Texas and many companies and brands have made this day a paid holiday, acknowledging the struggle and victories of the African-American culture. Other organizations will work to make today a day of learning, promoting knowledge and appreciation of African-American history and self-development. Happy Juneteenth.


OJD will be celebrating and providing educational insight to the LGBTQ+ community as it is the last week of Pride Month. We will be sharing insightful tips on how to address, speak, and represent your LGBTQ+ clients in delinquency courts, as well as a little bit of history. Stay tuned!

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