Dilemma of Duties: The Conflicted Role of Juvenile Defenders

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SIU Press, Jun 6, 2018 - Law - 224 pages
The role of a juvenile defender is riddled with conflict, and clients are uniquely challenging because of their lack of life experience and their underdeveloped decision-making abilities. In Dilemma of Duties, Anne M. Corbin examines the distinct function of defense counsel in juvenile courts, demonstrating the commonplace presence of role conflict and confusion, even among defenders in jurisdictions that clearly define their role. This study focuses on juvenile defense attorneys in North Carolina, where it is mandated that counselors advocate for their client’s wishes, even if they do not agree it is in the client’s best interest.

In Dilemma of Duties, Corbin outlines patterns of role conflict that defenders experience, details its impact on counselors and clients in the juvenile justice system, and addresses the powerful influence of the juvenile court culture and the lack of resources for defenders. Tasked with guiding these children, counselors frequently must contend with and manage their clients’ general distrust of adults as they attempt to serve as their voices to the court.

Understanding how juvenile defenders define their role and experience role conflict provides valuable insights into our juvenile justice system, especially its role in upholding due process rights. Such knowledge points to the importance of the training and practices of juvenile court functionaries and the efficacy, credibility, and legitimacy of the juvenile justice system itself.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 History of the Juvenile Defender Role
10
2 The ModernDay Juvenile Defender
18
3 Juvenile Defender Role Conflict
39
4 Zealous Advocate for Whom?
55
5 Land Mines
85
6 Jungle Gyms
123
7 Navigating Land Mines
139
Juvenile Defender Role Conflict
201
Coping Responses to Role Conflict Interview Protocol
203
Coping Vignettes
204
Notes
207
References
209
Index
219
About the Author
225
About the Series
226

8 Concluding Thoughts and Future Research
176
Methods Details
197
Juvenile Defense Practice and Performance Participant Form
199
Back Cover
227
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Anne M. Corbin is a law-trained social scientist whose research centers on the professional development of lawyers. She has consulted periodically for the Police Foundation and taught at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Thomas College in Maine, Elon University, and Michigan State University. She currently serves the state of Vermont's professional development needs and resides there with her family.

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