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National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC)

Originally created in 1999, the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) is non-profit organization that supports the criminal defense attorneys who represent children in juvenile court. In 2005, the National Juvenile Defender Center separated from the American Bar Association (ABA) to become an independent organization.

NJDC gives juvenile defense attorneys a platform to exchange information, build partnerships, improve advocacy skills and participate in the national debate over juvenile justice. 

The mission of the NJDC is to “promote justice for all children by ensuring excellence in juvenile defense.” Many of the top juvenile defense attorneys in private practice belong to this trusted organization.



Contact Information

National Juvenile Defender Center

1350 Connecticut Ave NW Ste 304

Washington, District of Columbia

Phone: 202-452-0010

Email: inquiries@njdc.info

Website: www.njdc.info


Additional Resources

National Juvenile Defense Standards - The National Juvenile Defense Standards were created to provide direction, support and guidance to juvenile defense attorneys and other people in the juvenile justice system. The national standards must be used in concert with controlling procedures, policies, rules, local laws, state laws, and constitutional provisions. Nothing contained in the Standards or Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) is intended to provide legal advice with respect to any specific case.

Toward Developmentally Appropriate Practice: A Juvenile Court Training Curriculum - The training curriculum is intended for juvenile court defense attorneys, prosecutors, probation officers and judges. The curriculum provides in-depth training materials on the most up-to-date adolescent development research that is applicable to the juvenile courts. The curriculum is available to jurisdictions across the country to help professionals make high-quality, developmentally appropriate decisions about children involved in the justice system. Since its release in 2000, the first edition of the curriculum generated great enthusiasm. Hundreds of juvenile court professionals from across the country have attended training on each of the curriculum topics. In 2005 the Foundation selected the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) in partnership with Juvenile Law Center (JLC) to review and revise the curriculum leading to this latest publication.

NJDC on Facebook - Visit Facebook to to donate to the NJDC. Find out more about the history of the organizations, its mission statement and goals. Follow the organization to learn more about the release of publications or upcoming events.


This article was last updated on Friday, September 15, 2017.

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