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)

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

Bryan R. Shechmeister Death Penalty College
August 1–5, 2020

Santa Clara School of Law

First established in 1992, the Death Penalty College teaches participants the skills, knowledge, and insight needed to try a capital case. The College fosters cooperation and community among participants and faculty united in the common goal of effectively representing capitally charged clients and saving clients’ lives. The College is intensive and utilizes a team approach in preparing for trial. Instruction includes lectures and demonstrations by experienced capital trial team members, and small group hands-on workshops. Participants will be given the opportunity to practice trying their individual case starting with jury selection and ending with a penalty phase argument.

Enrollment is limited to teams with active capital trial cases. Space is limited in order to keep the program small and conducive to individual work. Some scholarships are available and will be prioritized by need. MCLE credit will be over 30 hours.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Lubna,

Applications for the Bryan R. Shechmeister Death Penalty College are now open and will remain open until May 1, 2020.

To apply or for more information, please go to the website:

Upcoming NAPD Trainings

NAPD offers several trainings throughout the year. Please visit NAPD's website to see more information about all of their upcoming trainings and events.