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

Appellate Issues for Juvenile Defenders: October 7, 2022 1:00-2:00 PM

Presented by: Assistant Appellate Defender David Andrews

David Andrews with the Office of the Appellate Defender will give an overview of common issues defenders are exposed to in their practice. Appellate Defender David Andrews will give an overview of some of the most important things trial defenders in juvenile court should know. He will teach attorneys how to properly preserve issues for appeal. He will also focus on important upcoming issues and developments that juvenile defenders should be aware of.


Juvenile Capacity Evaluations: November 18, 2022 1:00-2:00 PM

Presented by: Dr. Sean Knuth

Join OJD as we learn about juvenile capacity evaluations from Dr. Sean Knuth. Dr. Knuth is experienced psychologist and is currently in private practice in Charlotte, North Carolina. His practice primarily consists of forensic mental health assessments, either ex parte or as ordered by family, juvenile, or criminal courts. Dr. Knuth will teach defenders about juvenile capacity evaluations. He will specifically teach defenders about using psychologists appropriately for their cases. In particular, he will focus on what juvenile capacity evaluations should contain and what they should look like. Join OJD as we learn about the basics of juvenile capacity evaluations and how to use them to better represent our clients.

Sex Offender Registry Issues: December 9, 2022 1:00-2:00 PM

Presented by: Assistant Juvenile Defender Terri Johnson

When does a juvenile need to register if they are found responsible of a sex offense? What if the a youth’s family wants to move out of state, will they still need to register? Join OJD, as Assistant Juvenile Defender, Terri Johnson gives an overview of the sex offender registry requirements for youth. She will discuss when a youth may be placed on the registry, what is required to be in compliance, and what happens if a youth wants to move. She will also discuss important considerations and updates a youth most considered if their case is transferred.