Training Program Overview
The mission of the LPDB Training Division is to inspire a values-based, client-centered defender culture and to ensure that each Louisiana public defender has the requisite skills to deliver high quality legal representation to their clients. LPDB's Training Program ensures that public defense services satisfy the state's constitutional obligation to provide a uniform system of qualified counsel for indigent defendants.
Beginning in 2009, the Training Program now hosts six annually recurring trainings:
■ Six-day, skills-intensive Defender Training Institute (DTI) for new defenders
■ Three-day Juvenile Defender Training
■ Three-day Investigator Workshop
■ Two-day Defender Leadership Training for District Defenders,
Program Directors and supervising attorneys
■ Multi-day Capital Defender Training
■ Annual Legislative Update
In addition, the training program hosts skills trainings around the state, focusing on topics including:
■ Preliminary hearings
■ Voir dire
■ Representation of clients with mental illness and/or intellectual disability
■ CINC advocacy
■ Advanced capital trainings
■ Juvenile skills and strategies
■ Professional ethics, train-the-trainers, and others
The Training Program also supports both on-site and long-distance trainings for financial managers and data entry technicians.
LPDB offers, for free, the most comprehensive and accessible defense attorney training program in the state, providing a tangible benefit to recruit and retain public defenders for the unique needs of a high-volume practice representing indigent people.
LPDB trainings provide CLE, and are offered at no cost to public defenders.
Annually, roughly 50% of all public defenders and roughly 33% of public defender non-attorney staff take advantage of at least one LPDB training program.
Click HERE to view the Defender Training Brochure in PDF format.
Upcoming TrainingFor more information, contact:
LPDB Training Division at
Wednesday, October 21 – Friday, October 23, 2015
CROWNE PLAZA NEW ORLEANS AIRPORT
2829 WILLIAMS BLVD.
KENNER, LA 70062
Capital Defender Training for Attorneys, Investigators and Mitigation Specialists
This is an interactive training entitled “Teamwork & Developing Your Theory of the Case.” The program is for certified counsel and counsel seeking certification to represent indigent capitally charged clients. The conference is specifically designed to include attorneys, paralegals, investigators and mitigation specialists handling capital cases in Louisiana state courts.
Sunday, September 27 – Friday, Oct 2, 2015
The Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy offers an opportunity to participate in one of the most complete and comprehensive courses for criminal defense investigators in the country, open to criminal defense investigators as well as attorneys who want to work more effectively with investigators.
Participants can attend as teams (an investigator and an attorney) or individually – we will match individuals up with another participant for the week.
Click here for more information.