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
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.
June 25 - 26, 2015
East Baton Rouge Parish Public Library
7711 Goodwood Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA
A two day training to prepare you to successfully litigate sentencing and resentencing for juveniles convicted of homicide pursuant to the
United States Supreme Court’s decision in Miller v. Alabama. The training will include small breakout groups where you can brainstorm your
cases and issues.
The Miller v. Alabama Training will be co-sponsored by LPDB and the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (JJPL), A Project of the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights (LCCR).
Save the Date Flyer
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) and Georgetown Law are excited to announce a Call for Applications to the 2015 Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) Summer Academy. The JTIP Summer Academy is an annual one-week intensive and interactive juvenile defender training program intended for both new and experienced front-line defenders. A fillable PDF application with more details is attached.
Participants must cover their own airfare, accommodations, travel expenses, and a $200 tuition (which covers breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day; CLE application fees; and materials).
APPLICATION AND DEADLINE
• Applications are to be submitted via email using the attached fillable PDF sent to Lauren Dollar at email@example.com.
• The deadline for application submission is January 14th, 2015, 11:59 PM EST. Late applications will not be considered.
• Years and scope of experience in defense practice
• Years and scope of experience in juvenile defense practice
• Current juvenile caseload
• Geographic location
• Public defenders and private practitioners
CALENDAR OF ACTIONS
Application Deadline → January 14th, 2015, 11:59 PM EST
Application Selections Announced → February 18, 2015
Deadline for Registration of selected participants → April 1, 2015
Arrival of Attendees → June 14, 2015, Georgetown Law, Washington, DC
Must be a front-line defender to apply.