October 28, 2013
A video from the Denver Post features alumna Kim Dvorchak (’95), executive director of the Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition. The Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition (CJDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring excellence in juvenile defense and justice for all children in Colorado.
Dvorchak founded the CJDC in 2009. She previously worked as a staff attorney in the juvenile offender unit of the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Division in New York City and began her career as a public defender in Colorado Springs. In 2009, Dvorchak was awarded the Robert E. Shepherd Jr. Leadership Award for Excellence in Juvenile Defense by the National Juvenile Defender Center.
Dvorchak was also quoted in the New York Times article “A Bid to Keep Youths Out of Adult Prisons,” during which she spoke about the CJDC’s work: “We gave more kids an opportunity to have a second lease on life,” she said.