LPDB Trial Court Performance Standards For CINC Representation

The Louisiana Public Defender Board Trial Court Performance Standards for Attorneys Representing Parents in Child in Need of Case and Termination of Parental Rights Cases are intended to encourage public defenders, assistant public defenders and appointed counsel to perform to a high standard of representation and to promote professionalism in the representation of indigent defendants.

The standards are intended to alert defense counsel to courses of action that may be necessary, advisable, or appropriate, and thereby to assist attorneys in deciding upon the particular actions that must be taken in each case to ensure that the client receives the best representation possible. The standards are also intended to provide a measure by which the performance of individual attorneys and district public defender offices may be evaluated, and to assist in training and supervising attorneys.

The language of these standards is general, implying flexibility of action which is appropriate to the situation. Use of judgment in deciding upon a particular course of action is reflected by the phrases "should consider" and "where appropriate." In those instances where a particular action is absolutely essential to providing quality representation, the standards use the words "should" or "shall." Even where the standards use the words "should" or "shall," in certain situations the lawyers' best-informed professional judgment and discretion may indicate otherwise.

The standards were approved by the Louisiana Public Defender Board and were promulgated by the Office of the Governor, as required by the Administrative Procedures Act, in January 2011.

To read the LPDB Trial Court Performance Standards for Attorneys Representing Parents in Child in Need of Care and Termination of Parental Rights Cases, click HERE

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2015 Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) Summer Academy
Summer 2015



CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

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).

APPLICATION AND DEADLINE
Applications are to be submitted via email using the attached fillable PDF sent to Lauren Dollar at lid3@law.georgetown.edu.
The deadline for application submission is January 14th, 2015, 11:59 PM EST. Late applications will not be considered.

SELECTION CRITERIA
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

CALENDAR OF ACTIONS
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

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Must be a front-line defender to apply.