Understanding the Role of Youth’s Counsel | A Practitioner’s Perspective for Courts, Prosecutors, and Justice Partners

In CHIPS and delinquency cases in Minnesota, youths age 10 years and older have the right to a lawyer. Youth’s counsel’s role is to advocate for the stated interests of each youth and to maintain as “normal” a client-lawyer relationship “as far as reasonably possible.” Sometimes, in pursuit of a youth’s stated goals or decisions, the actions of youth’s counsel can at first appear unreasonable, unwise, and not in the youth’s “best interests.” In this CLE, learn from a youth advocate why fidelity to a youth’s stated interests as opposed to the youth’s best interests is so necessary and important in CHIPS and delinquency proceedings.

This CLE is approved for credit through May 4, 2025

Cresston Gackle |Assistant Public Defender | Third District Public Defender’s Office

CLE Credits:
1.0 Standard CLE Credit approved | Event Code: 484756

MSBA Members:  $29.95
Non-MSBA Members:  $64.95



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