Amicus Briefs

To date, LPDB has only filed one brief of amicus curiae.

The following is excerpted from the filed brief of amicus curiae on behalf of the Louisiana Public Defender Board in support of application for supervisory writ filed by the 16th Judicial District Public Defender Office:

ìThe Louisiana Public Defender Board (hereinafter ìLPDBî) files this amicus curiae brief to clarify that appointment of public defenders as counsel in contradictory hearings to determine the validity of findings by Sex Offender Assessment Panels is an error of law, manifestly erroneous, and clearly wrong. The appointment of public defenders in these hearings is a res nova issue for Louisiana courts, as the statute mandating appointment of counsel for hearings to determine if a sex offender is subject to lifetime registration and intrusive monitoring requirements is only now being utilized. Unlike similar statutes providing for the appointment of counsel, this particular statute is silent as to which entity is to provide representation and where funding responsibility lies. Public defenders have limited statutory authorization and responsibility to represent criminal defendants and those persons specifically enumerated in the Louisiana Public Defender Act. LSA R.S. 15:141, et seq. Persons appearing in court after an adverse Sex Offender Assessment Panel finding are not criminal defendants, as statutorily defined, and do not fall within a class specifically enumerated in Act 307. Therefore, public defenders lack the statutory authority and responsibility to represent this class of offender.î

The full amicus curiae brief, which was filed on August 12, 2010, is available HERE

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.