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Juvenile Justice Reform: Three NJJN Members Win Awards

June 28, 2012
Benjamin Chambers

juvenile-justice-reform-trophyCongratulations to Kim Dvorchak (CO), Abigail Turner (VA), and Beth Rosenberg (AZ) -- all of whom work for NJJN member organizations -- for their recent receipt of prestigious awards for their work in justice reform!  Great work!

Kim Dvorchak (Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition) and Abigail Turner (JustChildren - Legal Aid Justice Center, VA)
Both Kim and Abigail won the National Legal Aid and Defender Association’s 2012 Kutak-Dodds Prizes.  The annual prizes are sponsored jointly by NLADA and the Robert J. Kutak Foundation and carry a $10,000 cash award in recognition of civil legal aid attorneys, public defenders and public interest advocates who best exemplify how the legal profession can enhance the human dignity and quality of life of those persons unable to afford legal representation.

Kim Dvorchak also won the Champions of Children Advocate Award by the Sewall Child Development Center in Colorado. Kim received this award for her leadership in the passage of Colorado HB1271. The “direct file” bill bars district attorneys from charging juveniles as adults for many low and mid-level felonies, while raising the age at which young offenders may be charged as adults for more serious crimes from 14 to 16 years of age.

Meanwhile, Abigail Turner was given the 2012 Virginia Legal Aid Award by the Virginia State Bar Special Committee on Access to Legal Services.

Beth Rosenberg (Children's Action Alliance, AZ)
Last Friday, Beth Rosenberg was honored by the Arizona State Bar Association's Juvenile Law Section with the Terry Chandler Award.  The award, given to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the Field of Juvenile Law, was named in honor of Terry L. Chandler, the instigator and first Chair of the State Bar of Arizona Juvenile Law Section. It is given annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of juvenile law, has demonstrated excellence in the field of juvenile law, and who has helped make juvenile law serve children better.

 Photo: Bachrach44, on Wikimedia Commons.

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