Juvenile Training Program


Each year the Juvenile Division of the Los Angeles Public Defender’s Office hosts an annual training seminar for lawyers and youth advocates who work with youth in dependency and delinquency court. The Juvenile Division has hosted this seminar for 30 years. The seminar usually draws approximately 250 attendees from private law offices and public defender offices around the state of California. Each year the seminar presenters are chosen because they reflect the most current legal trends and knowledge in the field of juvenile justice and advocacy. In addition to excellent training, attendees receive continuing education hours and the latest version of an important legal manual “A Practical Guide to Juvenile Delinquency Law” written by our office’s juvenile appellate specialist.

The 39th Annual Juvenile Delinquency Law Training Seminar

Virtually Presented on Microsoft Teams

June 1 – July 13, 2021

Tuesdays at 3:00 pm

Most Sessions Last 90 Minutes

All Sessions Approved for MCLE Credit

Registration is Free This Year

Electronic-Copy of “A Practical Guide to Juvenile Delinquency Law” is Included

2021 Juvenile Seminar Lineup:

6/1/21 – Delinquency Case Law and Legislative Update
DPD Robert Lu

6/8/21 – Envisioning the Future of Juvenile Justice – Planning for Reform in LA County
Laura Ridolfi and Tshaka Barrows, The Burns Institute

6/15/21 – Litigating Race, Adolescence & Police Trauma
Dr. Kris Henning, Georgetown Law School
(Approved for MCLE Elimination of Bias Credit)

6/22/21 – Understanding and Representing LGBTQ Youth
Timothy Vallez, LA County Probation Dept.
We Exist, Tarzana Treatment Center
(Approved for MCLE Elimination of Bias Credit)

6/29/21 –What’s Going on With My Client? A Guide to Juvenile Psychological Assessments
Dr. Nancy Kaser-Boyd

7/6/21 – Homicide Case Preparation
DPD Steven Giedzinski

7/13/21 – Ethics Quiz Show
DPDs Vera Koulian, Robert Lu, and Erik Pillow
(Approved for MCLE Ethics Credit)