Prosecuting Gangs in Juvenile Court Part I: Investigations

December 1, 2021

December 1, 2021
90-minute presentation

3:00 p.m. EDT

Hosted by the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) in partnership with the National Gang Center

An introductory overview on gangs and what makes a gang case. The course will go into how to recognize a gang case and collect evidence of gang activity.

Presented by: 

James C. (Buddy) Howell, Ph.D.

James C. (Buddy) Howell, Ph.D., worked at the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) for 21 years, mainly as Director of Research and Program Development. Buddy is a Senior Research Associate, National Gang Center, Institute for Intergovernmental Research, where he has worked for 25 years. He has published more than 60 works on youth and street gangs, including two books, Gangs in America’s Communities and The History of Street Gangs in the United States. Buddy also is a widely recognized expert on gang prevention and intervention programs.

Stormy Ellis

Stormy Ellis is currently an Assistant District Attorney with the 11th Prosecutorial District of North Carolina covering Vance, Warren, Franklin, Granville and Person Counties.  She previously served as the Special Gang Prosecutor for Durham County.  She now focuses on drug trafficking and violent offenses including robberies, aggravated assaults, and murders.

She has also served as a Staff Attorney for the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry commission, and as an Assistant District Attorney for the Wake County District Attorney’s Office.

Prior to attending law school at North Carolina Central University, Stormy graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University.  She also graduated the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s police training program and spent over ten years as a police officer with various federal, local, and state police agencies.  The agencies she has worked with include the U.S. Army’s Military Police Corps, the U.S. Capitol Police, the Waynesville Police Department, and the N.C. Capitol Police.

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Continuing Legal Education Credits: 1.5 hours

NDAA has applied for CLE credit in the states of Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Zoom will log each attendee’s “time in session” for the webinar. All attendees who sign into the webinar and complete the session will be sent a copy of the PowerPoint presentation, speaker biography, and a Uniform CLE Certificate from NDAA staff following the event.

Attendees must self-submit this course for approval in their home state. All attorneys are responsible for any fees associated with CLE filing. Attorneys seeking CLE credit should contact their state bar associations for more information.  General questions or additional information regarding CLE credit can be directed to Project Coordinator Courtney Jan at


Please contact Senior Attorney, Rachel Larsen.

If you are a state’s attorney or assistant district attorney working in juvenile court, you will automatically be joined to NDAA’s national listserv of prosecutors working in juvenile court.  You will receive training updates, federal juvenile law updates, and juvenile court trends and best practices posts about twice a month.  We can only add you to the listserv if you included your official state or county email address and designated yourself as a prosecutor at registration.  You can opt out of the group at any time.

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