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:

Session 1

6/1/21 – Delinquency Case Law and Legislative Update
Robert Lu, Juvenile Trainer
[Approved for 1.0 hour General MCLE Credit]

Session 2 

6/8/21 – Youth Justice Reimagined:  Transforming the Administration of Justice in LA County
Laura Ridolfi and Tshaka Barrows, W. Haywood Burns Institute
[Approved for 1.5 hours General MCLE Credit]

Session 3

6/15/21 – Litigating Race, Adolescence & Policing as Trauma
Prof. Kris Henning, Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic & Initiative, Georgetown Law
[Approved for 2.0 hours Elimination of Bias MCLE Credit]

Session 4

6/22/21 – Showing Up & Advocating for LGBTQ+ Youth
Presenter:  Live Xóchi Salas (pronouns: they, them, theirs), Health Educator & Outreach Worker at We Exist
Co-Presenter:  Gabrielle Villa (pronouns: she, her, hers), Health Educator & Outreach Worker, We Exist
Presenter:  Timothy Vallez, ASW, Deputy Probation Officer II, Residential Treatment Services Bureau
[Approved for 1.75 hours Elimination of Bias MCLE Credit]

Session 5

6/29/21 –What’s Going on With My Client? A Guide to Juvenile Psychological Assessments
Presenter:  Nancy Kaser-Boyd, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the Geffen School of Medicine
[Approved for 1.5 hours General MCLE Credit]

Session 6

7/6/21 – Homicide Case Preparation
Presenter:  Steven Giedzinski, Deputy Public Defender
[Approved for 1.5 hours General MCLE Credit]

Session 7

7/13/21 – Ethics Quiz Show
Presenters: Vera Koulian, DPD, Robert Lu, DPD and Erik Pillow, DPD
[Approved for 1.0 hour Ethics MCLE Credit]