Defender Training

NATIONAL DEFENDER TRAINING PROGRAM

Free Continuing Legal Education Programs for Criminal Defense Lawyers

Serving the Poor

Presented by

The American Bar Association’s

Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants

&

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Made possible through a grant from

The Department of Justice - Bureau of Justice Assistance

The ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, along with their project collaborators are pleased to announce a series of their upcoming Defender Trainings, which are funded by the DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance.

The DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance is providing funding for a series of continuing legal education programs, concentrating on forensic issues at trial, and mitigation and the collateral consequences of criminal convictions. Each program stresses client centered advocacy, includes demonstration and experiential learning opportunities, and brings excellent faculty to interact closely with attendees. The training will be free. Because the programs are free and participation is limited, there is an application process. Preference will be given to attorneys who have not had access to frequent continuing legal education.

Scholarships are available to help subsidize travel expenses for participants traveling greater than 50 miles. The scholarships are intended to facilitate attendance by those public and private defenders who could not otherwise afford to attend.

Who are these trainings for?

The National Defender Training Program is appropriate for attorneys who represent indigent defendants, including defenders employed by institutional public defense offices as well as private attorneys who accept assigned criminal cases. This is not designed to be entry-level training. The programs are designed for defenders with several years experience. Preference will be given to attorneys who have not had access to frequent continuing legal education. This training is designed for both staff attorneys and managers.

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