Mission And Vision
In pursuit of equal justice, the Louisiana Public Defender Board advocates for clients, supports practitioners and protects the public by continually improving the services guaranteed by the constitutional right to counsel.
Through its commitment to performance standards, ethical excellence, data-driven practices and client-centered advocacy, the Louisiana Public Defender Board oversees the delivery of high quality legal services affecting adults, children and families, and supports community well-being across Louisiana.
The Louisiana Public Defender Board (LPDB), a recognized leader in the delivery of client-centered legal representation services, is a dynamic and engaged partner in local, state and national criminal and juvenile justice systems.
LPDB and its public defender offices prevent wrongful conviction, protect due process and constitutional rights, increase public safety, promote fiscal responsibility, and support economic growth throughout Louisiana.
On September 11, 2012, the Louisiana Public Defender Board approved an Anti-Discrimination Statement relating to the representation of clients.
The LPDB Anti-Discrimination Statement is available HERE
Upcoming TrainingFor more information, contact:
LPDB Training Division at
May 23-24, 2013
TBA (all day trainings)
Tulane University Law School
New Orleans, LA
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Miller v. Alabama, Louisiana’s mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles convicted of first- or second-degree murder are unconstitutional. Under Miller, juveniles convicted of homicide are entitled to individualized sentencing hearings that take into account the child’s individual character, life circumstances, and other mitigating factors, including age, as well as the circumstances of the crime. To assist defense attorneys in preparing for these hearings, the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana and the Louisiana Public Defender Board are hosting a ‘Miller v. Alabama Sentencing and Resentencing’ training in Louisiana on May 23 & 24, 2013 at Tulane University Law School.
July 15-16, 2013
TBA (all day trainings)
Baton Rouge, LA
This two-day training will focus on investigating misdemeanor or felony cases involving military veterans. Participants will learn about the traumas associated with military service and the proper techniques for obtaining military records and additional information for a veteran client or complaining witness. Participants will also receive training on ethics and professionalism as well as advanced techniques for interviewing and taking witness statements. Advanced registration will be required. Training is limited to investigators who are employed by or contract with a public defender office or LPDB program.