COD Network Statement Of Principles

The Community Oriented Defender Network is a coalition of public defender programs united by the view that the representation of individuals charged with crimes can be made more effective by a deep engagement of defenders with the communities in which their clients live.

The Community Oriented Defender Network Statement of Principles, developed by the Brennan Center in consultation with members of the Community Oriented Defender (COD) Network advisory group, articulates the common goals of COD members. It is intended for COD Network members to use as a tool to inspire staff, educate the public, and build the capacity of the COD movement to make a difference for clients, families and communities.

The Louisiana Public Defender Board joined the COD Network in January 2009. The Orleans Public Defenders and the Calcasieu Public DefenderĖs Office are also members.

The Community Oriented Defender Network is supported by the Brennan Institute of Justice at New York University School of Law.

The Community Oriented Defender Network Statement of Principles is available HERE

Upcoming Training
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Capital Defender Training 2015
Wednesday, October 21 - Friday, October 23, 2015

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.

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