Training, Consulting, & Practice Support

We draw on our expertise in advocating for children to provide a wide range of training and consulting services.

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Training, Professional Development, and Speaking

LCCR’s staff regularly provides professional development, training services, and presentations on topics ranging from juvenile defense practice to criminal law to systemic juvenile justice reform to youth development. Our audiences range from career juvenile defenders to law school audiences to groups of school teachers to probation officers.

Some of our recent engagements include:

  • Continuing legal education presentation to 75 criminal defense lawyers from across Louisiana about techniques for effective communication with youthful clients;
  • Training for juvenile probation and parole officers in Jefferson Parish on collaborating with defense counsel;
  • Daylong crash-course for the New Orleans private bar, offered for CLE credit, on representing youth in juvenile delinquency cases;
  • Three-day seminar for juvenile defenders from the Shreveport region, offered for CLE credit, on legal issue litigation in juvenile delinquency cases;
  • Conversation with public-interest law students at Yale Law School on challenges faced by juvenile justice reformers in Connecticut and Louisiana;
  • Lecture on behavioral health issues affecting youth in the juvenile justice system at a forum sponsored by the Institute for Women and Ethnic Studies;
  • Multi-session, interactive presentation to young people in a local reentry program on the rights of youth in the juvenile justice system.

If you are interested in engaging LCCR to present or train for your organization or group, please contact us.

LCCR also offers a robust  in-house professional development and training curriculum. In-house training sessions that are open to our defender colleagues and other allies are advertised on our event calendar.

Practice Support

The Center for Children’s Rights seeks to work with colleagues statewide to build a community of skilled, committed, and fully-resourced advocates for the rights of Louisiana’s children.

The password-protected section of our website houses resources to support the statewide community of juvenile defense practice.  Connect with public defender practice resources.

Consulting

Our expert staff regularly consults, formally and informally, on juvenile and criminal justice issues in Louisiana and beyond.

At the practice level, LCCR’s staff has developed a unique specialized expertise in issues surrounding the representation of youth in the juvenile justice system:

  • LCCR’s social workers are the only juvenile defender social workers in Louisiana, and are experts in psychosocial assessment, dispositional planning, and client communication.
  • Our youth advocates and investigators have developed specialized skills – from obtaining hard-to-come-by school records to interviewing child complainants.
  • Our attorneys, who consistently take more than half of all of the state’s juvenile court writs and appeals every year, have the state’s largest bank of motions and briefs relevant to the juvenile delinquency practice.

On an organizational level, LCCR is perhaps the only fully-manualized juvenile defender office in the country. Our innovative  model of juvenile defense was built to be replicable. We are dedicated to sharing what we have learned and built with colleagues in Louisiana and nationwide who seek to create and sustain effective juvenile defender offices.

Our social workers are available to be retained as defense experts, and we welcome inquiries about formal and informal consultations.  While we cannot always take on new cases or offer legal advice, we will always respond to young people and their families with questions about the juvenile justice system.

If you have any questions, please contact us or email Roxanne Sutfield.