Recent Rulings

2010: Counsel was ineffective where he failed to advise defendant that deportation is a collateral consequence of conviction. Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. ____(2010)

A valuable Practice Advisory on this ruling is available below or you can visit the Immigrant Defense Project at www.defendingimmigrants.org
Padilla Practice Advisory

2010: Hearing on juvenile's competency to be heard in juvenile court when motion filed before transfer. State of Louisiana in the Interest of T.C., 09-1852 (La.App. 1 Cir. 02/12/10); 2010 La. App. LEXIS 231; rehearing denied, State in re T.C., 2010 La. App. LEXIS 250 (La.App.1 Cir. Feb. 23, 2010).

2009: All persons arrested without a warrant for whom a probable cause determination is not made within 48 hours must be immediately released from custody on their own recognizance. State v. Wallace, 09-1621 (La. 11/06/09); 25 So. 3d 720.

2009: Reversal of termination of parental rights. State of Louisiana in the Interest of A.L.D., 09-0820 (La.App. 3 Cir. 11/04/09); 21 So. 3d 1109.

2009: Totality of the circumstances invalidated confession. Important language about juvenile confessions. State of Louisiana in the Interest of J.E.T., 09-67 (La.App. 3 Cir. 05/06/09); 10 So. 3d 1264.

2008: Initial appearance before a judicial officer, where the defendant learns the charge against him and his liberty is subject to restriction, marks the start of adversary judicial proceedings that trigger attachment of the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. Rothgery v. Gillespie, 128 S.Ct. 2578 (2008).

2008: Failure to file discovery motion waives important discovery rights. State v. Forest, 08-1474 (La. 07/24/08); 986 So. 2d 667.

Upcoming Training
For more information, contact:
LPDB Training Division at
jgregory@lpdb.la.gov

Capital Defender Training 2015
Wednesday, October 21 – Friday, October 23, 2015

CROWNE PLAZA NEW ORLEANS AIRPORT
2829 WILLIAMS BLVD.
KENNER, LA 70062

Capital Defender Training for Attorneys, Investigators and Mitigation Specialists

Registration Form

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.


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.