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Last Update: 8/11/14

Provides an organization available for all lawyers whose practice brings them in contact with matters affecting young people. Though a major focus concerns practice under the Children's Code, the committee is also concerned with relevant aspects of education law, domestic relations, agency/administrative law, and disability law. The committee emphasizes programs to improve the professional knowledge and skill of lawyers working in the juvenile law field, including legal education seminars and informal topical round-table discussions. The committee also serves as a resource to the bench and bar for analysis and commentary relative to specific issues that are identified as having broad or systemic ramifications. The committee analyzes pending legislation in the Colorado legislature, and makes legislative recommendations to the CBA Board of Governors.

Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of all odd-numbered months AT VARIOUS TIMES (see list below) at the Colorado Bar Association Office, 1900 Grant Street, Denver, CO 80203 unless otherwise noted. 

Meetings are available by audio conference for members unable to travel to Denver for the meetings. Please contact Jill Lafrenz, JLS’s CBA Liaison, to arrange for audio conferencing at   jlafrenz

Many conferences offer special discounts for CBA Juvenile Law Section members - Ask when registering for an event!



August 14, 2014 (training / FREE CLE*)

Limiting the "Collateral" Consequences of Juvenile Court: Representing Youth in School Discipline, Expungment, and Deregistration Proceedings 

From 1:30-3:00pm participants will learn about suspension and expulsion represenation.  From 3:00-5:00pm participants will learn about expungment and deregistration representation for clients with juvenile adjudications.  Participants may attend from 1:30-3:00 for 1.5  anticipatedCLE credits, from 3:00-5:00 for 2 anticipated CLE credits, or for the entire period for 3.5 anticipated CLE credits.

Please jojin CJDC and OCR to learn about defending youth in school suspension and expulsion prceedings; petitioning for expungement of a client's juvenile record; and petitioning for a client's removal from the sex offender registry after a juvenile sex offense adjudication.  Presenters include attorneys Ann Kaufman, Karen Steinhauser, and James Henderson, who have extensive experience in these areas of law.  Attorneys will leave the training understanding how to avoid  and/or mitigate the consequences of suspension, expulsion, a permanent juvenile record, and registration on the sex offender registry for youth in the delinquency system.

CJDC will be hosting pro bono clinics on the topics of (1) school discipline proceedings and (2) expungement and deregistration beginning in the fall of 2014; this CLE will prepare attorneys to advise families and youth at these pro bono clinics.  


Register here.


August 18-24, 2014 (with August 17, 2014 pre-conference)

The National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) hosts in Denver. This is an opportunity for Colorado lawyers to attend a national level training on child welfare law, to exchange ideas with child advocates from across the country, and to receive the most up-to-date information on new resources, litigation skills, and advocacy efforts.   

The OCR is working with the NACC to develop session topics that will be relevant and valuable to Colorado attorneys.  In an effort to assist Colorado lawyers with the fees to attend this national conference, the OCR is also working to negotiate a discounted conference rate for Colorado attorneys and, if possible, the OCR will offer partial scholarships to OCR Contract Attorneys.     


August 27, 2014 


Date: Wednesday, August 27th
Time: 4:30-6:00PM
Place: Colorado Bar Association 
1900 Grant Street, 9th floor
Denver, CO 80203

Please mark your calendars for this year’s CBA Juvenile Law Schedule:
August 27, 2014 at 4:30—Meet and Greet Happy Hour
September 10, 2014 at 4:30
October 8, 2014 at 4:30
November 12, 2014 at 4:30
December 10, 2014 at 4:30
January 14, 2015 at 4:30
February 11, 2015 at 4:30
March 11, 2015 at 4:30
April 10, 2015—Annual Full Day CLE Conference
May 13, 2015 at 4:30
June 10, 2015 at 4:30



The Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition Juvenile Court Involvement Impact Story-Collective Initiative

Did a JUVENILE arrest have a BIG impact on your life? Did minor teen miconduct  lead to major consequences? Email:; Fax: 303-825-0182; Call: 303-825-2045

As part of our work to ensure the right to counsel for children and  youth in juvenile delinquency court, CJDC is collecting stories of the impact of juvenile court involvement on a young person's life. We are particularly interested in stories where a youth was unrepresented in their first case and then faced consequences later he/she was not fully aware could occur (revocation, school suspension/expulsion, inability to play high school sports, difficulty getting a job, student loans, etc.). 

You can find the form for story collection here.

The Partnership for Families and Children presents:

Getting Serious: A Best Practice Approach to Bullying Prevention (Bullying Prevention Workshop, $149.00/single user)

Begin the registration process by clicking the link below.

The 2014/2015 CBA Section Chair: Blair McCarthy

CBA Staff Liaison: Jill Lafrenz,