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Joel Wieneke Chosen For Statewide Award and as Presenter For National Juvenile Conference

When you love what you do, people notice. My partner in law (and in life) loves working with children in the juvenile justice system. He also enjoys working alongside public defenders who advocate for children. So it is no surprise that others have noticed Joel’s passion for this area of law. He is too humble to share this news, but I am not 🙂

Earlier this week, Joel was asked to be a presenter at the National Juvenile Defender Center’s Annual Summit being held in St. Paul, Minnesota in October. Joel will be speaking on juvenile delinquency post-disposition issues in a presentation entitled, “Lessons From the Deep End.” The “deep end” is a term used in JDAI circles to describe kids in secure detention/prison settings.

Joel also learned this week that he has been chosen as the 2018 recipient of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Honorable Viola Taliaferro Award. The award recognizes those individuals who best exemplify Judge Taliaferro’s courageous leadership in addressing the unmet legal needs of children, and in raising public awareness of those needs.

Joel is honored to be chosen and certainly appreciative of the award and the opportunity to speak to fellow juvenile defense professionals later this year. He knows that these accolades are the result of a collaborative effort by the Indiana Public Defender Council’s Juvenile Defense Project, an opportunity created through a Federal grant and the hard work of Amy Karozos, Kim Tandy, and the support of IPDC’s Board of Directors.

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