The NC Public Defense System
The deadline to register for the 2023 Spring Public Defender Conference closes APRIL 26 at 5 p.m.
Click here to access the course page and agenda. This conference is cosponsored by the School of Government, the Office of Indigent Defense Services, and the NC Association of Public Defenders. The conference will offer approximately 13.75 hours of attorney CLE credit and qualifies for NC State Bar criminal law specialization credit, including two ethics hours, one technology hour, and one substance abuse/mental health hour. This year’s conference will be held in person May 10-12, 2023, at the Winston-Salem Benton Convention Center (301 W 5th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101).
This year’s conference topics include emerging issues in Fourth Amendment law, expert witnesses, capacity, motions for appropriate relief, Second Amendment challenges, DNA, sex offender evaluations, probation, and more. Stay tuned for the final agenda!
The Spring Public Defender Conference is open to public defenders, public defender investigators, private investigators, appellate defenders, capital defenders, special counsel, IDS legal staff, and attorneys from the Center for Death Penalty Litigation (CDPL) and North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Inc. (PLS).
This year’s conference will not include a separate track for investigators; however, investigators may find the sessions to be helpful to their work and are welcome to attend. Please stay tuned for future announcements about new online resources for investigators being developed by the Public Defense Education group and our partners.
Registration and Fees:
To register and to find other program information, including our cancellation and refund policy, click here to visit the course page. Pre-registration is required.
The registration fee for IDS employees—public defenders, public defender investigators, appellate defenders, capital defenders, special counsel, and IDS legal staff—is $90.
The registration fee for attorneys from the Center for Death Penalty Litigation (CDPL) and North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Inc. (PLS) is $415. Due to space constraints, we cannot accommodate private attorneys at this conference.
The registration fee for non-IDS investigators—federal public defender investigators, private investigators, and CDPL and PLS investigators—is $325.
The registration deadline is 5:00 p.m. on April 26. There is no on-site registration.
Hotel accommodations are available at the Winston-Salem Marriott Downtown (425 North Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101). Rooms are available from May 9 – May 11 at a rate of $149 plus tax per night. Check out is Friday, May 12. Please note that limited rooms are available for May 9.
To make a hotel reservation, you must call central reservations at 1-800-228-9290. Please note that the hotel does not have an online link to book the group rate at this time. Once you reach a reservation associate, provide them with group code USG. The group rate is available until April 17. After this date, accommodations depend on availability, and the room rate is subject to increase. You may cancel your reservation for no charge before 11:59 PM local hotel time two days before your arrival date.
The hotel only offers valet parking at $25 a day. Please see the attached parking map for additional parking options near the convention center and hotel.
Travel and Reimbursement (State Employees Only): Your eligibility for travel reimbursement at the state rate is contingent on state rules and regulations. Please review the customized travel expense allowance sheet, as well as the mileage chart from county seats to Winston-Salem. As an IDS employee, your lodging is reimbursable at the state rate for Wednesday and Thursday nights if you must drive more than 35 miles to the conference from your home or office, whichever is closer. Lodging is not reimbursable for Tuesday night unless you drive more than 185 miles. Breakfast will be provided at no charge on Thursday and Friday; state employees may not claim reimbursement for breakfast.
The mileage reimbursement rate is $0.625 per mile for those participants with overnight status who carpool to and from the program. (Those who are not eligible to stay overnight are not required to carpool and will be reimbursed at $0.625 per mile.) If carpool passenger names are not provided, or if you choose to drive alone, you will receive $0.33 per mile. All exceptions to the carpool policy must be pre-approved by IDS CFO Aaron Gallagher: Aaron.M.Gallagher@nccourts.org. Carpool exceptions must be made via email and the approval email must accompany the travel reimbursement forms.
Participants are encouraged to use their office’s state cars if feasible and if they are more than 150 miles from the site, to consider the use of a rental under the state contract with Enterprise. For preapproval of the rental car and other information, contact Amy Ferrell at 919-890-1660 or Amy.M.Ferrell@nccourts.org.
The 2023 Spring Public Defender Conference will offer approximately 13.75 hours of attorney CLE credit and qualifies for NC State Bar criminal law specialization credit, including two ethics hours, one technology hour, and one substance abuse/mental health hour, which we will report to the State Bar on your behalf. If you are unable to attend the entire program, you will need to complete a partial credit form. Partial credit forms are due to the program manager by May 26.
Final credit hours are subject to change in accordance with approval from the NC State Bar.
We look forward to seeing you in May. If you have any questions or need further information, contact Program Manager Kayla Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have content questions, contact Teaching Assistant Professor Phil Dixon, Jr. at email@example.com or Teaching Assistant Professor Timothy Heinle at firstname.lastname@example.org.