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2023 Defender Trial School

July 10 - July 14

We are excited to announce that the 2023 Defender Trial School, cosponsored by the UNC School of Government and the North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services, will be held Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14 at the School of Government.

Participants will use their own cases to develop a cohesive theory of defense at trial and apply that theory through all stages of a trial, including voir dire, opening and closing arguments, and direct and cross-examination.

IDS will be offering several scholarships to the 2023 Defender Trial School. This is one of the best programs at the SOG for criminal trial attorneys and we would love to have you!   Please be aware that you must commit to being present for each day of the school, from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14.

If you are interested in a scholarship, please email Tucker Charns by April 14: tucker.charns@nccourtsorg

In that email, please include the following:

  1. A brief statement about your trial experience;
  2. A brief statement as to why you would like to attend;
  3. A commitment to attending the training; and
  4. Put SOG TRIAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP in the subject line.


The Defender Trial School is open to public defenders and, space permitting, private attorneys who perform a significant amount of appointed work.


The agenda will be posted on the course page soon, and we will send out an announcement once registration is available. You can also go to the course page and click on the link to sign up to receive notice. Until then, please save the dates if you are interested in attending!                                                                                                                                                                        


The program will offer approximately 29 hours of general CLE credit and qualifies for NC State Bar criminal law specialization credit.


If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Program Manager Kayla Fowler at kfowler@sog.unc.edu. If you have content questions, please contact Bob Burke at oldhoopster@hotmail.com.


July 10
July 14
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