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Week in Review: May 30-June3

FRIDAYY!!! Who isn't ready for the weekend after a short week? I know we are. This week's blog is all about the CLE's! We have one big announcement and a FREE CLE up for grabs. Ready, set, BLOG TIME!

Military Collateral Consequences CLE

Join the Office of the Juvenile Defender as we learn about Military Collateral Consequences for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. First Sergeant J. Carlos Rojas with the North Carolina National Guard and Chief Public Defender, Lieutenant Colonel, and Military Judge Bert Kemp will discuss the process, procedure, and barriers that youth may face when trying to enter the military. Learn how to mitigate the impact that justice system involvement can have and learn how to advocate for youth wanting to join the military. This will be a virtual CLE with an interactive question and answer section. CLE Credit is pending approval and OJD will cover CLE costs. REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE

Save the Date! OJD Sponsored Youth Defender Forums

This year, OJD is offering three regional forums in the Western, Central, and Eastern regions of our state. North Carolina is a geographically diverse state that covers a lot of mileage from the coast to the mountains and we want to make the trainings we provide accessible to all defenders. We also want to provide a meaningful way to create a sense of community amongst youth defenders, so this year we are providing three opportunities to attend our Forum - in the mountains, in the piedmont, or on the coast! Each of the three forums will be identical in content, though we will invite local defenders to co-present with us and help us identify customs unique to the courtrooms of each region. The theme for 2022 is Raise the Age: In the Courtroom and these day-long trainings will cover recent legislative updates, pertinent skill development, and the opportunity to connect with youth defenders practicing in the same region. We are excited to present these forums in person, in compliance with current CDC guidelines and recommendations.

Western Region Youth Defender Forum

  • Friday, June 24, 2022, in Morganton, NC

Central Region Youth Defender Forum

  • Friday, September 30, 2022, in Asheboro, NC

Eastern Region Youth Defender Forum

  • Friday, November 4, 2022, in Kinston, NC

We encourage defenders to attend the forum in their region of the state, but if you cannot attend your region’s forum, please reach out to your regional defender and we will you send the other registration links.

We are also providing for an extended lunch break to allow for attendees to get to know each other and develop the youth defender community across the state. Details will be announced closer to the date of the forum as to where we hope to meet everyone for lunch - we will strive for a location that offers choices for everyone's dietary needs and budgets.

CLE Credits

This year's Forums will be for 5.5 hours of CLE credit: 4.5 hours of general credit and 1 hour of ethics credit. The cost of the CLE will be covered by OJD.

Scholarship Information

Scholarship funds are available to help defenders offset the cost of attending the Forums. We understand that taking a day away from private practice isn't free. Gas prices aren't what they used to be, and Interstate 40 doesn't go through every county in our state. Please reach out to us if we can assist you in offsetting the cost of attending. We really would like to see you there!

If you have any further questions, you may reach OJD Project Attorney Yolanda Fair at or (919) 890-1644.

We can't wait to see you there!

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