Friday, November 7, 2008
Juvenile Justice Group Honors Assistant Public Defender
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Assistant Public Defender Winston Peters will receive the Pacific Juvenile Defender of the Year award today in San Francisco during the 2008 Juvenile Justice Roundtable, his office announced yesterday.
The roundtable is sponsored by the San Francisco County Public Defender and the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center.
Peters, 51, has been with the Public Defenderís Office since 1985 and is responsible for implementing the policies of Chief Public Defender Michael Judge in the representation of children in the delinquency system, the office explained in a release.
Additionally, Peters serves as the governorís appointee on the California State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and on the seven-member California delegation to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundationís Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network.
He is an advisory board member on the UC Berkeley School of Lawís Juvenile Justice Policymaker Education Project and chair of the Juvenile Justice Subcommittee of the statewide California Public Defenders Association.
In 2004-06, Peters was a member of the Governorís Juvenile Justice Workgroup and was chair of the State Commission on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in 2003.†††††
The Pacific Juvenile Defender Center works to build the capacity of the juvenile defense bar in California and Hawaii and to improve access to counsel and quality of representation for children in the justice system.
It supports juvenile defenders and juvenile justice advocates through training, networking, resource sharing and policy development and is the regional affiliate of the National Juvenile Defender Center based in Washington, D.C.
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