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Welcome to OJD’s Virtual Training Series! OJD is working to bring relevant, useful, and important training for defenders each month. We hope you can join us as we delve into important topics and developments in the law. Below, you’ll find a list of our upcoming dates and topics. These trainings are geared toward attorneys who do juvenile work. If you are not a public defender or privately assigned counsel but would like to attend, please contact Yolanda Fair. 

Upcoming Trainings

Juvenile Delinquency 101 February 10, 2023, 1:00-2:15 PM

Presented by: Assistant Public Defender Veronika Monteleone, Gaston County and Burcu Hensley, Assistant Juvenile Defender

Join Assistant Juvenile Defender Burcu Hensley and Assistant Public Defender Veronika Monteleone with the Gaston County Public Defender’s Office, as they give an overview juvenile delinquency system. They will provide of overview of juvenile delinquency law in North Carolina, discuss terminology, procedure, and the differences between juvenile delinquency court and adult criminal court. Join us for the for first sessions in our Back to Basics youth defense foundation series!


First 30 registrants to sign up and attend will have their CLE paid for by OJD.

Comprehensive Clinical Assessments (CCAs): Overview, Updates, and Tips March 10, 2023, 3:00-4:30 PM

Presented by: Austine Long, Assistant General Counsel, NC DJJ & Terri Johnson, Assistant Juvenile Defender

Comprehensive Clinical Assessments are now required by statute in some cases in the juvenile justice system. What are CCAs? When are they required? How long can they be used? Come learn about CCAs, statutory requirements, and upcoming potential changes to CCA requirements and laws. Join Austine Long, Assistant General Counsel with the Division of Juvenile Justice and Terri Johnson, Assistant Juvenile Defender as they discuss these assessments, their importance, their requirements, and how defenders can be a part of their process. Please note the time change and length of this training. Because of the complexity of this topic, this CLE will be a little longer than some of other virtual offerings.


First 30 registrants to sign up and attend will have their CLE paid for by OJD.

Role of Counsel with Eric Zogry April 14, 2023, 1:00-2:15 PM

Presented by: Eric Zogry, Juvenile Defender

What is our role as youth defenders? What is a defender’s responsibility to the parents of a young client? Join Juvenile Defender Eric Zogry as he discusses the role of the youth defender. He will give an overview of our role and responsibilities to our young clients. He will also discuss how navigate difficult situations with our clients and the difference between expressed interest and best interest advocacy. This course will provide an Ethics hour pending approval by the NC State Bar.


First 30 registrants to sign up and attend will have their CLE paid for by OJD

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