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
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Capital Defender Training for Attorneys, Investigators and Mitigation Specialists
This is an interactive training entitled “Teamwork & Developing Your Theory of the Case.” The program is for certified counsel and counsel seeking certification to represent indigent capitally charged clients. The conference is specifically designed to include attorneys, paralegals, investigators and mitigation specialists handling capital cases in Louisiana state courts.
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.
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