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.
The Training Division is staffed by Julie Kilborn as the Director, Irene Joe as the Assistant Director, and Julie Gregory as the Training Coordinator.
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.