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2018 James E. Anderson Pennsylvania Conference on Juvenile Justice

The 2018 James E. Anderson Pennsylvania Conference on Juvenile Justice, sponsored by the Juvenile Court Judges' Commission, the Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and the Juvenile Court Section of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges will be held November 7-9, 2018 at the Harrisburg Hilton and Towers.


This annual conference is attended by juvenile justice professionals (Judges, Probation Officers, District Attorneys, Defenders, Victim Services representatives, providers of residential and community-based services and other vendors serving the juvenile justice system) from throughout Pennsylvania and nationally.


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This year's training workshops will highlight practices, programs, and initiatives that exemplify best-practices related to the various components of Pennsylvania's Balanced & Restorative Justice mission and Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy (JJSES). Offerings will be repeated in both the morning and afternoon sessions for conference participants. It offers the unique opportunity to network and participate in plenary sessions, workshops, professional caucuses, awards programs, and Resource Day.


Wednesday, November 7 


Professional Caucuses


The conference will begin on November 7, with opportunities for participants to join with colleagues from their area of specialty within Pennsylvania's juvenile justice system in Professional Caucuses, and to discuss issues of mutual concern and interest.

Juvenile Defender Training

Juvenile defenders from across Pennsylvania are invited to attend the Conference on Juvenile Justice, and participate in a separate training track developed exclusively for them on Wednesday, November 7.


Youth Awards Program

The 2018 JCJC Youth Awards Program will honor young people selected as winners in the Creative Expression and Outstanding Achievement Contests. The theme for this year’s Youth Awards Program is "Using My Strengths to Overcome My Challenges." Also, a highlight of this year’s program will be the presentation of the James E. Anderson Juvenile Justice Youth Scholarship Award to two deserving youth in recognition of their resiliency and accomplishments. This award is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges Juvenile Court Section.


 Guest Speaker


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Eric Michael Frazier is a United States Marine Corps veteran and champion paralympic athlete who has won competitions in nordic skiing, hand cycling, marathon, alpine skiing, biathlon, and tennis.

His journey from the rough streets of Pittsburgh through the juvenile justice system to college and through the United States Marine Corps shaped his career as a paralympic athlete, wrestling coach, and inspirational speaker.

His journey is a memorable and moving story that he shares to motivate, inspire, and provoke thought and reflection. His story has helped many to think differently about adversity. Eric’s life choices have led him to become a great father, husband, speaker, and friend to many. Come prepared to learn more about Eric, his journey, and the life lessons that resonate from overcoming challenges to inspiring and helping others.




Thursday, November 8 


Conference Welcome and Morning Plenary Presentation


Do You Have a Pencil?: Assisting Youth with Overcoming Obstacles ​

Nicole MainesBrittany Wagner, a nationally respected athletic academic counselor, speaker, consultant and life coach, has garnered world-wide fame as the television star of the hit Netflix documentary series, “Last Chance U” – which follows the East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) Lions, three-time National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national champions during their 2015 and 2016 football seasons. Known for giving “troublemakers” their last chance at making it to the NFL, Ms. Wagner is the vivacious mentor and mother-figure to these men – often the driving factor behind their future successes. Her common question, “Do you have a pencil?” has become a phenomenon across the world since the show’s debut.

Since leaving EMCC, Brittany has launched her successful consulting practice, 10 Thousand Pencils, which works with colleges, high schools and communities to build programs that support student athletes’ success and growth athletically, socially and academically.



This year's training workshops will highlight practices, programs and initiatives that address trauma and related issues, or that exemplify best-practices related to the various components of Pennsylvania's Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy (JJSES). Offerings will be repeated in both the morning and afternoon sessions for conference participants.

Thursday Afternoon Plenary Session

We Are All Criminals: More Than Our Mistakes 


Joseph TroncaleEmily Baxter is the executive director of We Are All Criminals, a mediabased advocacy project and organization that serves as a catalyst for conversations about crime, privilege, punishment, and second chances. Prior to this, Ms. Baxter served as the director of advocacy and public policy at the Council on Crime and Justice and as an assistant public defender at the Regional Native Public Defense Corporation representing indigent members of the Leech Lake and White Earth Bands of Ojibwe charged with crimes in Minnesota State court. Ms. Baxter is a former fellow at the University of Minnesota Law School’s Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. Ms. Baxter began developing We Are All Criminals through an Archibald Bush Leadership Fellowship in 2012. She resides in Durham, North Carolina.

Annual Awards Program and Dinner

The Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission will, once again, honor both individuals and programs for outstanding service to Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system.



Friday, November 9 


Resource Day


The 2018 Pennsylvania Conference on Juvenile Justice will once again conclude with Resource Day. Conference participants will have an opportunity to learn about new, innovative, and creative approaches to working with juveniles and their families. We invite individuals representing public and private residential and community-based programs, technological products, and other relevant services available to the juvenile courts in Pennsylvania to meet with conference participants during this informal session that concludes the conference.