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Criminal Justice Advocacy Program

We would like to welcome everyone to our exciting new webinar series​​ "What I Need to Know" for Support Coordinators, Direct Support Providers, Families, Advocates and Community Members.  This 10 episode series of free monthly webinars on "What I Need to Know" will discuss topics on the criminal justice system, Megan's Law, Mental Health, substance abuse, and more.

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2021-2022 Equal Justice Talks Webinar Series

  • Sept 16, 2021 - "What do I need to know, if I have to call 911" - Recorded WebinarSlides
  • October 21, 2021 - "What Do I Need To Know About: Domestic Violence Laws and the Disability Community" - Recorded Webinar
  • November 18, 2021 - To be announced
  • December 16, 2021 - To be announced
  • January 20, 2022 - To be announced
  • February 17, 2022 - To be announced
  • March 17, 2022 - To be announced
  • April 21, 2022 - To be announced
  • May 19, 2022 - To be announced
  • June 16, 2022 - To be announced

2020-2021 Equal Justice Talks Webinar Series

  • Sept 17, 2020 - Legislative Options to Reform Laws for People with I/DD Caught Up in the Criminal Justice System -Recorded WebinarSlides
  • October 15, 2020 - Changing the System to Improve the Response to Victims with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • November 19, 2020- Alternatives to Incarceration: A District Attorney's Office Program for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - Recorded Webinar | Slides | Rockland County Procedure Manual
  • December 17, 2020- The Americans with Disabilities Act, Disability Rights and the Legal System: An Introduction for Advocates - Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • January 21, 2021- The Relationship Between Autism Spectrum  Disorder and Criminal Responsibility - Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • February 18, 2021- The Relationship Between Intellectual Disabilities and Criminal Responsibility - Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • March 18, 2021- Working with Families as a Defense Attorney for a Client with IDD - Recorded Webinar 
  • April 15, 2021- Sex offender registry, sexually violent predator laws and collateral consequences - Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • May 20, 2021- ​Expungement Law: Changes to the Law in NJ that Improve Access to Expungement - Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • June 17, 2021- Providing Advocacy for People with IDD in the Criminal Justice System: How One Professional is Working to Ensure Equal Justice for Individuals with IDD who are Charged with Criminal Offenses - Recorded Webinar | Slides

2019-2020 Equal Justice Talks Archived Webinars

2018-2019 Equal Justice Talks Archived Webinar

2017-2018 Equal Justice Talks Archived Webinar 

  • September 27, 2017 An overview of the criminal justice system and how it affects clients with developmental disabilities when criminal charges are filed - Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • October 25, 2017 Effective techniques when working with a person with a developmental disability that affects their communication skills, providing practical tips and information - Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • November 29, 2017 - Doing the Right Thing: Making Ethical Decisions and Preventing the Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disabilities - Recorded Webinar | Slides  (Suggested reading on this topic: 'Scanning the Horizon' by Steve Baker and Amy Tabor)
  • December 20, 2017 - How Parents and Caregivers can Keep an Individual with I/DD Safe While Accessing the Internet. Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • January 25, 2018 - Counterfeit Deviance: What Is It and What Does the Research Tell Us? Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • February 22, 2018 - Investigating and Prosecuting Financial Crimes Against People with I/DD. Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • March 29, 2018 - Overcoming Criminal Histories and Successfully Supporting Employment for People with I/DD Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • April 26, 2018 - Trauma Informed Care: Understanding Sources of and Treatment for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Recorded Webinar | Slides 
  • May 24, 2018 - Empowering People with Disabilities to Recognize and Report Abuse - Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • June 28, 2018 - Legal-Medical Partnerships- Recorded Webinar | Slides

November 2017 webinar with guest speaker Vincent J. Giardina

Archived 2016- 2017 Equal Justice Talks Webinars 
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This project is cosponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and made possible through funding from the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey.  For additional information about the Foundation's other law-related activities, please call 1-800-FREE-LAW or visit the Foundation on the Web at