Advisory Councils

District Defender Advisory Council (DDAC)

The purpose of the District Defender Advisory Council (DDAC) is to a provide a means of encouraging communication and input by the District Defenders in shaping and promoting policies and procedures adopted or proposed to be adopted by the Louisiana Public Defender Board. DDAC began in March 2009 and meets approximately every 10-12 weeks.

In July 2012, all District Defenders were given the opportunity to elect three new members to the District Defender Advisory Council. Members and terms are listed below.

Elected for a three-year term, ending June 30, 2014
1. Victor Bradley, Jr. (29th)
2. J. Clay Carroll (2nd)

Elected for a three-year term, ending June 30, 2015
1. Michael Courteau (4th)
2. Michael Mitchell (19th)
3. Tony Tillman (30th)

Elected for a three-year term, ending June 30, 2016
1. Anthony P. Champagne (32nd)
2. Richard Tompson (24th)

Assistant Defender Advisory Council (ADAC)

The Assistant Defender Advisory Council was created at the request of Assistant (front-line) Defenders from the field with support from the Louisiana Public Defender Board. The Council consists of 'Assistant Defender Liaisons to LPDB'. The Liaisons are volunteers, working on behalf of their colleagues in the district office to articulate office-wide feedback (diverse as it may be) from their office to LPDB, and expedite communication about news, policy changes or other information between LPDB and the field.

At present, 6 districts and 1 contract program are represented by 'Assistant Defender Liaisons to LPDB'. The Assistant Defenders Liaisons are responsible for expanding ADAC's membership by doing outreach to recruit Assistant Defender Liaisons from other districts. The ADAC began in February 2010 and is growing its membership. Current Assistant Defender Liaisons are:

Michelle AndrePont, 1st JDC - Caddo Parish
Harold Murry, 9th JDC - Rapides Parish
David Michael Williams, 9th & 28th JDC - Rapides and Lasalle Parishes
Erin Mullen, 19th JDC - East Baton Rouge Parish
John W. Hogue, III, 22nd JDC - St. Tammany and Wahington Parishes
Kathryn Sheely, Baton Rouge Capital Conflict Office

Assistant Defender feedback is essential to LPDB, and LPDB supports the exchange of information (both to the field and from the field) by lending consistent staff to attend monthly meetings of the Assistant Defender-initiated Advisory Council in Baton Rouge.

Juvenile Defender Advisory Council (JDAC)

The Juvenile Defender Advisory Committee (JDAC) is a committee of juvenile defenders from various parts of Louisiana who advise LPDB staff on efforts to build the capacity of the defense bar and to improve access to counsel and quality of representation for LPDB clients involved in Child in Need of Care cases or juvenile delinquency proceedings.

The current members are:

Kristen Bernard, Chief Juvenile Defender, 1st JDC - Caddo Parish
Janet Brown, Juvenile Justice Team Leader, 15th JDC - Acadia, Lafayette, Vermillion Parishes
Necole Williams, Juvenile Defender, 14th JDC - Calcasieu Parish
Bridget Hebert, Juvenile Defender, 21st JDC - Tangipahoa, St. Helena, Livingston Parishes
Herman "Pete" Holmes, Chief Juvenile Defender, 19th JDC - East Baton Rouge Parish
Kevin Kimball, Juvenile Defender, 18th JDC - Iberville, Point Coupee, West Baton Rouge Parishes
Josh Perry, Executive Director, Juvenile Regional Services - Orleans Parish
Amanda Trosclair, Juvenile Defender, 22nd JDC - St. Tammany, Washington Parishes

JDAC is a leadership body created to make defenders active participants in developments in juvenile justice reforms in Louisiana. The current JDAC priority projects include the creation of professional standards of representation for children in delinquency proceedings and families in CINC cases.

Members look forward to nominating additional juvenile defenders for the Committee who will represent various districts throughout the state. The JDAC meets regularly in Opelousas, Louisiana.

Upcoming Training
For more information, contact:
LPDB Training Division at

Kentucky Investigation Institute for Investigators and Attorneys
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.

Miller v. Alabama Training
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).

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2015 Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) Summer Academy
Summer 2015


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).

• Applications are to be submitted via email using the attached fillable PDF sent to Lauren Dollar at
• 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
• Diversity

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.