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2023 Misdemeanor Defender Training

November 14 - November 17

Registration for the 2023 Misdemeanor Defender Training, cosponsored by the School of Government and the Office of Indigent Defense Services, is now available at https://www.sog.unc.edu/courses/misdemeanor-defender-training.

Program: This course is an introductory program for attorneys new to misdemeanor cases. Sessions focus on stops and searches, impaired driving, ethical issues in district court, sentencing and jail credit, probation violations, and other matters in misdemeanor cases. The program also provides instruction on client interviewing, negotiation, and trial skills, including a small group workshop on trial skills.

Participants: This training is for public defenders, contract attorneys, and private attorneys who perform a significant amount of appointed work in district court.

Location, Dates, and Times: The agenda will be posted to the course page soon. This training will be held from Tuesday, November 14th through Friday, November 17th.

Registration: To register and find other program information, including our cancellation and refund policy, visit https://www.sog.unc.edu/courses/misdemeanor-defender-training.

The registration deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 30th. If you register, please plan on attending all sessions.

Note that you must create a new account when registering for the first time in the system. If you encounter any registration issues,  explore our list of frequently asked questions. You may also contact registration@sog.unc.edu or call 919-966-4414.

Fee: The registration fee for private assigned counsel and contract attorneys is $500, which includes all materials, parking, breaks, and lunches. There is no fee for IDS state employees.

A limited number of scholarships are available for private assigned counsel and contract attorneys. If you are interested in applying, click here to complete the scholarship application. You must apply and receive approval for a scholarship before registering. Please apply as soon as possible. Scholarships are awarded no later than two weeks after application submission. The scholarship application deadline is Monday, October 23rd

Credit: This training will offer approximately 20.25 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credit, including one hour of ethics, and qualifies for NC State Bar criminal law specialization credit, pending State Bar approval.

Hotel Information: A block of rooms is available at the Tru by Hilton Chapel Hill hotel (1742 Fordham Blvd Chapel Hill, NC ) for $109 plus tax. This rate includes a complimentary breakfast, parking and free wi-fi. To reserve a room, book here and use code “MDT” or call the hotel at 984-291-7200  and ask for the “Misdemeanor Defender Training” room block. The reservation deadline is October 18th, 2023.

Additional Information: We look forward to seeing you in November. If you have any questions or would like further information, contact Program Manager Kayla Fowler at kfowler@sog.unc.edu. If you have questions regarding the content,  contact Phil Dixon, Jr., Director of Public Defense Education, at dixon@sog.unc.edu.

The School of Government is committed to equality of educational opportunity. The School does not discriminate in offering access to its educational programs and activities on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. If you have a disability and need accommodation to participate in any School of Government program, please let us know.


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Chapel Hill, 27599 United States
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