Executive Director, National Juvenile Defender Center
Kim Dvorchak is the Executive Director of the National Juvenile Defender Center. Kim joined NJDC r in August of 2015. Kim was the Founding and Executive Director of the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center, where she led programs to advance juvenile defense and juvenile justice policy for five years. In her 20 year legal career, Kim has represented youth in delinquency court, criminal court, and on appeal, has run her own law firm, served as a public defender in two states, accomplished significant policy reforms in Colorado, and lectures to advance due process based juvenile defense policies across the country. Kim was a contributing author to NJDC’s report Colorado: An Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Representation in Juvenile Delinquency Court. She received the Robert E. Shepherd Jr. Leadership Award for Excellence in Juvenile Defense by the National Juvenile Defender Center in 2009, the Champions of Children Advocate by the Sewall Child Development Center in 2012, the Kutak-Dodds Prize for equal justice by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association in 2012, and was recognized by the Denver Post as a Colorado Woman of Influence in 2013. Kim received her J.D. from the City University of New York College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder.