Our Mission

The Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania, Inc. was formed to:

01. To promote quality and ethical representation for all juveniles charged with delinquent acts.

02. To organize those responsible for the defense of youth.

03. To encourage positive legislative, administrative, and judicial change.

04. To provide training and resources to meet the needs of juvenile defenders.


Jdap History

In 2005, a group of attorneys known as the Statewide Leadership Group, in conjunction with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, banned together to form the Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania, Inc. (JDAP).

The Association’s focus is to work in the interest of delinquent, disadvantaged youth and train Juvenile Defenders, in best defense practices, across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

JDAP began its legal training program modestly with two to three seminars throughout the year, covering three counties. Since then, we have conducted trainings in over twelve counties in the Commonwealth, and facilitate an average of five to eight programs each year.

We routinely train two hundred and fifty to three hundred (300-400) attorneys per year from over thirty counties. Throughout 2014 JDAP held 3 seminars – The Annual PACDL Joint Conference in Harrisburg, Adolescent Development in Allegheny County, and the Juvenile Tract at the Pennsylvania Conference on Juvenile Justice in Harrisburg. Throughout 2015 we have already held a Defender Boot Camp: Back To Basics in Luzerne County and again in April, JDAP partnered with the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL) and the Public Defender Association of Pennsylvania for their joint annual meeting in Harrisburg.

Presently, JDAP has over 150 members from across the Commonwealth. We have created a “virtual community” through the use of our listserv and website, which allows members to ask questions, stay current on latest policy proposals, post comments and get feedback from each other.

Stay tuned for the latest updates concerning Juvenile Justice and more in Pennsylvania!

JDAP Board

Elton Anglada

Elton Anglada, Esq.

Chief, Philadelphia County Juvenile Unit- JDAP President

Defender Association of Philadelphia
1441 Sansom Street Rm 1037
Philadelphia, PA 19102

(Office) 267-765-6509
(Fax) 267-765-6993
(Email) eanglada@philadefender.org

Lisa M. Douple, Esq.

Chief Deputy Public Defender-Treasurer

100 North Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901

(PD Office) 215-348-6474
(Office) 215-348-6488
(Fax) 215-348-6499
(Email) lmdouple@co.bucks.pa.us

Natalie Burston

Natalie Burston, Esq.

Assistant Defender- JDAP Secretary

Dauphin County Office of the Public Defender
2 S 2nd Street, 2nd Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101

(Phone) 717-780-6370
(Fax) 717-780-6493
(Email) nburston@dauphinc.org

Emily Antolik

Emily Antolik, Esq.

Assistant Defender

Erie County Public Defender’s Office
509 Sassafras Street
Erie, PA  16507

(Phone) 814-451-6504
(Email) eantolik@eriecountygov.org

Howard Elbling

Howard Elbling, Esq.

Supervisory Attorney

Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel
429 Forbes Avenue, Suite 1405
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

(Phone) 412-350-7707
(Email) howard.elbling@gmail.com

Jessica Feierman

Jessica Feierman, Esq.

Supervising Attorney

Juvenile Law Center
1315 Walnut Street, 4th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(Phone) 215-625-0551
(Fax) 215-625-2808
(Email) jfeierman@jlc.org

Craig Hosay, Esq.

Attorney at Law

Montgomery County
530 Swede Street
Norristown, PA 19401-4806

(Phone) 610-278-0123
(Fax) 610-278-7383
(Email) Craig@hosaylaw.com

Robert L. Marks, Jr., Esq.

Chief Defender Montour County

Montour County Office of the Public Defender
12 W Market Street
PO Box 179
Danville, PA 17821

(Phone) 570-275-3541/3411
(Fax) 570-275-3759
(Email) rmarksjr@mmdlawoffice.com

Rhonda McKitten

Rhonda McKitten, Esq.

Director of Special Education Program, Senior Trial Attorney

Defender Association of Philadelphia
1441 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

(Phone) 267-765-6719
(Fax) 267-765-6993
(Email) rmckitten@philadefender.org

Tiffany Sizemore-Thompson

Tiffany Sizemore-Thompson, Esq.

Chief, Allegheny County Juvenile Unit

Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender
County Office Building
542 Forbes Avenue #400
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

(Phone) 412-350-2543
(Fax) 412-350-2555
(E) sizemoret@duq.edu

Cheryl Sobeski-Reedy

Cheryl Sobeski-Reedy, Esq.

Senior Staff Attorney

Luzerne County Office of the Public Defender
Juvenile Defender Unit
20 N. Pennsylvania Avenue
Wilkes-Barre,  PA  18702

(Phone) 570-408-8216
(Email) cheryl.reedy@luzernecounty.org

Michael Sontchi, Esq.

Chief Juvenile Defender

Office of the Public Defender County of Montgomery
Montgomery County Courthouse
PO Box 311
Norristown, PA 19404-03111

(Phone) 610-278-5181
(Fax) 610-278-3014
(Email) msontchi@montcopa.org

Thomas A. Walrath, Jr., Esq.

Chief Juvenile Defender

Potter/Tioga County Office of the Public Defender
126 Main Street
PO Box 645
Wellsboro, PA 16901

(Phone) 570-724-4148
(Fax) 570-724-5417
(Email) twalrath@chilitech.net