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UNC School of Government

Intensive Juvenile Defender Training

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This program is cosponsored by the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government and the Office of Indigent Defense Services. It is designed for attorneys representing juveniles in delinquency proceedings less than two years or attorneys who have not practiced in this area for a period of time. The program begins at the Guilford County Juvenile Detention Center in Greensboro with an introduction to theories of adolescent brain development, detention advocacy, and a discussion with juveniles in detention and the manager of the detention center. Attorneys will also tour the facility. The program continues at the School of Government with sessions such as suppression, evidence blocking and dispositions. Additionally, it includes workshops in which participants practice trial skills, such as preparing and arguing a suppression motion. A one hour ethics session is included in the program.

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This program is comprised of plenary sessions and intensive small group workshops. Due to the interactive nature of the program, participants are expected to attend all sessions.

Topics - Courts and Judicial Administration

  • Indigent Defense
  • Juvenile Law
  • Juvenile Delinquency

Who should attend

This training is geared toward attorneys who are new to representing juveniles in delinquency proceedings.


Austine M. Long joined the School of Government in 2013. Previously she worked as the drug court coordinator for the Montgomery County Circuit Court Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts in Maryland. She has served as a project director at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) and...

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