The mission of the Public Defender is to provide vigorous, high quality representation to our clients in the criminal, juvenile justice, and civil courts in an ethical manner. In this way, we fulfill the constitutional mandate of the 6th Amendment right to counsel for Santa Clara County.
Training on “Zero Tolerance” alternatives - $6,000
JJSC Prevention & Programs Workgroup is planning to bring Dr. Ken Seeley to work with educators on “Zero Tolerance” alternatives as a strategy to address educator requests for support to welcome youth with behavioral issues into schools in a safe manner.
Legal education and mentoring - $2,000
Public Defender can provide legal education and/or mentoring programs for middle and high school youth to acquaint them with common entry points into the juvenile justice system and ways to avoid those challenges.