OCDLA Update — Preparation & Response







Annual Juvenile Law Conference

April 24–25Livestream

OCDLA’s annual dependency & delinquency defense practitioner gathering is now going to be livestreamed only, because OCDLA had to cancel its contract with Agate Beach due to COVID-19. You will stlll hear from Khiara M. Bridges, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, CA presenting on “The Moral Construction of Poverty and the Child Welfare System” and Meghan Bishop, Associate Fellow, Rainey Center, Washington, D.C., presenting on “Speaking Up — Persuasive Advocacy for Your Child Client.” Plus over a dozen other advocates sharing their knowledge and expertise. View complete agenda and register here.

Juvenile Training Immersion Program


The Juvenile Training Immersion Program has been postponed until fall. More info.

Juvenile Awards Presentation

Event Postponed

OCDLA is postponing the event due to COVID-19. Please check back for updates. Congratulations to our award recipients Matthew Jarvis, James Mueller, and Holly Preslar. Read about the award recipients here.


Annual Conference — Registration Open

June 11–13 • The Riverhouse, Bend

Confirmed so farJeff Fisher, Alec Karakatsanis, and Rick Kammen. Our conference is set to take place at The Riverhouse in Bend. If we are unable to meet in person we will livestream the conference. Please check back for program updates. Register.



Defending Sex Cases

Ever feel like you’re fighting a Hydra-headed prosecution when defending sex crime allegations? Being double or triple teamed by the Multidisciplinary Team? Facing child complainants contaminated by ongoing prosecution interviews? Fighting motions to admit prior bad acts?

So many questions when you’re looking for answers!

The answers are here. OCDLA is proud to release the long-awaited Defending Sex Cases manual! You will find it was worth the wait. telling the defendant’s story, evaluating physical findings, challenging hearsay and other act evidence, false memories, how to try the case: jury selection, cross-examination, jury instructions – and so much more! Lessons about handling complex, difficult cases — information you can use in other types of cases — from people who’ve been in the trenches. Three years in the making! Read more.


library of defense

Library of Defense Case Summaries