Nebraska Youth Advocates


Nebraska Youth Advocates (NYA) is led by Christine Henningsen and Joy Suder, both former assistant public defenders in Douglas County, and serves as a resource center for juvenile defense attorneys in Nebraska, promoting best practices in the juvenile justice system. Project activities include training, technical assistance, legislative advocacy, and resource development. Project goals are to improve juvenile defense skills and practice in both direct court/legal activities and in the attorney-client relationship. A variety of resources have been made available and will continue to be developed for Nebraska attorneys by the NYA. A number of sample motions are currently available and the NYA is available to offer specific technical assistance to attorneys regarding motions and other case specific advocacy methods. Also, a Nebraska juvenile defender listserv has been created to provide a forum to discuss case strategies and other Nebraska-specific issues.