LA County Bar Association Honors Two Juvenile Defenders
In a historic first, the Los Angeles County Bar Association has named two juvenile defense attorneys the “Defense Attorneys of the Year.” At its May 2017 Criminal Justice Awards dinner, long time juvenile defenders Rourke Stacy of the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office and Maureen Pacheco of the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s …
PJDC Featured in New Report on Deincarceration
PJDC’s work in helping to reduce population in California’s state facilities for juveniles is featured in Breaking Down the Walls, a new report from the Youth First Initiative. The report details transformational campaigns in six states over the past two decades aimed at dismantling the current system of youth incarceration and establishing more effective …
You’re Invited: NJDC’s Gault at 50 Gala on May 15, 2017
Please join the National Juvenile Defender Center for the Gault at 50 Gala on May 15, 2017, in Washington, DC, as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that affirmed children’s right to counsel.
It is with great pleasure that we announce our decision to honor Robert L. Listenbee,
LACBA to Honor Rourke Stacy and Maureen Pacheco as Criminal Defense Attorneys of the Year
Since 1985 the Criminal Justice Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association has presented annual awards to the outstanding judge of the year, prosecutor and criminal defense attorney of the year in Los Angeles County and a career achievement award. This year’s honorees will include Rourke Stacy, member of PJDC’s Board of Directors, and …
LACBA Independent Juvenile Defender Program Seeking Applicants for Attorney and Program Administrator Positions
The Los Angeles County Independent Juvenile Defender Program (IJD) at the Los Angeles County Bar Association is accepting applications for the following positions: (1) Resource Attorney; (2) Appellate Attorney; and (3) Program Administrators.
Resource Attorney: The resource attorney will assist the defense teams by providing augmented advocacy for juvenile delinquency clients with cognitive disabilities and/or …
PJDC President Patti Lee Appointed to Federal Board by the Obama Administration
In one of her last actions as head of the US Department of Justice under President Obama, Attorney General Loretta Lynch honored PJDC Board President Patti Lee with an appointment to the Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Science Advisory Board for a four-year term.
For decades, Patti has championed …
PJDC/Loyola Law School Conference on Franklin/Miller/YOPH and Juveniles in Adult Court – February 3, 2017
Registration is now open for the February 3, 2017, conference at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. You can find information on the conference (i.e. speakers, topics, cost, agenda) here. Registration is open to the first 75 people who register.
NJDC Blueprints Report Highlights Juvenile Defense
Children across the country are routinely denied access to effective lawyers in juvenile court. But, in some places, defenders and advocates are finding creative solutions to ensure children’s rights are fulfilled. A new report by the National Juvenile Defender Center, Defend Children: A Blueprint for Effective Juvenile Defender Services, highlights solutions to these problems. …
California Passes Proposition 57; Direct File Abolished
By a nearly 2 to 1 margin, California voters passed Proposition 57, the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act in the November 8, 2016 election. Among other things, the measure ends the direct filing of cases involving juveniles by prosecutors in adult criminal court. By enacting Proposition 57 on the November 8th ballot, the voters …
Rourke Stacy Featured in Article on Prop 57 re Ending Direct File
PJDC Board Member Rourke Stacy was featured in a Juvenile Justice Information Exchange article on the importance of Proposition 57 on the November 8th California ballot. If enacted, it would eliminate direct filing of cases against juveniles in adult court.
Proposition 57 Would Return Juvenile Transfer Power to Judges from Prosecutors in California