Grantors / Supporters


Eckerd Family Foundation
The Eckerd Family Foundation provided a grant of $778,000 over a period of three years to create and support the Juvenile Justice Center.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
In 2008, the MacArthur Foundation selected Florida as one of the new Models for Change states and awarded the Juvenile Justice Center and the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office a $100,000 grant to work with other states to create national changes in juvenile advocacy.

The Florida Bar Foundation
The Florida Bar Foundation provided a $5000 grant to assist juvenile defenders in Florida to attend our Trial Training Skills Program in December, 2007. Thirty-seven attorneys attended the three day conference in Orlando, Florida at the Juvenile Justice Center.


American College of Trial Lawyers
The American College of Trial Attorneys helped organize, promote and teach our successful 2007 Trial Skills Training Program. They provided lawyers who donated time and travel to teach our juvenile defenders for three days.

Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
The Law School at Barry University supports the Juvenile Justice Center through providing two professors, Gerry Glynn and Joanna Markman to supervise and work with the Center.

Florida Public Defender Association
The Florida Public Defender Association supports the Juvenile Justice Center. Nancy Daniels, the elected public defender in Tallahassee and Carlos Martinez from Miami both serve on our Board of Advisers.

Law Offices of Robert L. Parks, P.L.
Robert Parks, Esq. provided countless hours of support in planning and teaching our December, 2007 Trial Skills Training Program.

National Juvenile Defender Center
The National Juvenile Defender Association sponsored two lecturers for the Trial Training Skills Program in December, 2007. They also provide continuous guidance and assistance. Robin Walker Sterling from the NJDC sits on our Board of Advisers.

Quotes From Our Supporters

From Honorable Carlos Martinez, Elected Public Defender, Eleventh Judicial Circuit
For the past few years, the work of the Juvenile Justice Center has provided a wonderful service to both new and experienced attorneys in the field to ensure justice for all children.

From Jim Moore, The Rensselaerville Institute, Rensselaerville, NY
…JJC resources have enabled juvenile attorneys to be better equipped to represent their clients, but also to inform juvenile judges of relevant and recent case law, thereby enhancing the reputation and respect provided juvenile defenders…

From Marion Moorman, Elected Public Defender, Tenth Judicial Circuit
I can't say enough about how empowering I believe your Center, its programs and the listserv have been for our juvenile defender programs statewide. It is great to see the shared enthusiasm that posted problems are engendering. It shows there is a deep pool of caring and talented advocates out there who now have a long needed vehicle for specialized training, sharing of information and problem solving.

From Maria Schneider, Assistant State Attorney in Charge, Juvenile Division, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit
The Juvenile Justice Center provides a great service to the juvenile defense bar which, as a prosecutor committed to ensuring the efficacy and justness of the process, I find to be very important for all of us involved in the juvenile justice.

From Honorable Irene Sullivan, Former Circuit Judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit
I’ve come to see the fine work, research and clinics connected with the Juvenile Justice Center at Barry University School of Law…..The Juvenile Justice Center provides critical and unique support to juvenile attorneys in an extremely efficient manner.

From Eric Zogry, Director of the Southern Juvenile Defender Center, Raleigh, NC
I have had numerous opportunities to observe and interact with JJC. What has impressed me most is the way JJC is a trusted and respected entity in the relatively short time it has existed….While visiting JJC, I saw firsthand how court officials reacted to their presence during a consultation. The judge especially listened carefully to the suggestions of JJC and stated he would work with JJC to improve the access to counsel in his district.