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SOG to host Parent Attorney Conference & Juvenile Defender Conference

August 17 - August 18

Registration for both the 2023 Parent Attorney Conference and the Juvenile Defender Conference are now open. Both conferences are cosponsored by the UNC School of Government and the Office of Indigent Defense Services.


The two conferences will be held in-person at the UNC School of Government in Chapel Hill, NC. Session recordings may be available at a later date through the Public Defense Education’s online training library; however, any recorded sessions are subject to Bar approval, and we cannot guarantee the quality of the recordings.


The draft agendas are posted on the conference webpages, under Registration, below.

The Parent Attorney Conference will be held on Thursday, August 17, from 8:50am to 4:45pm.

The Juvenile Defender Conference will be held on Friday, August 18, from 8:50am to 4:30pm.


There is no fee for IDS state employees. The registration fee for private assigned counsel is $165 per conference.


The registration deadline for both conferences is 5:00pm on Thursday, August 3.

To register for the Parent Attorney Conference, please visit: https://www.sog.unc.edu/courses/parent-attorney-conference

To register for the Juvenile Defender Conference, please visit: https://www.sog.unc.edu/courses/juvenile-defender-conference


The conferences will offer approximately 6.0 hours of CLE credit each. See the conference webpages for details about specific agenda offerings.

The Parent Attorney Conference qualifies for NC State Bar Child Welfare specialization credit and Family Law specialization (pending Bar approval). The Juvenile Defender Conference qualifies for NC State Bar Criminal Law specialization credit.


Holiday Inn Express (6119 Farrington Rd., Chapel Hill)

A block of hotel rooms is available for Wednesday, August 16th and Thursday, August 17th with a rate of $109.00 plus taxes and fees. The rate includes complimentary breakfast, parking, and WiFi.

Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly at 919-489-7555 and mentioning the group code “PJD” or “Parent & Juvenile Defender Conference.”

To receive the discounted group rate, you must make your reservation by August 1, 2023.


IDS has approved this program for travel reimbursement for state employees at the state rate in accordance with state rules and regulations. For all questions regarding travel reimbursement, please contact Shannon Simmons, IDS Accountant, at 919.890.1660 or Shannon.J.Simmons@nccourts.org


Timothy Heinle, Teaching Assistant Professor (heinle@sog.unc.edu)


We look forward to seeing you in August. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Jessica Schoonmaker, Program Manager, at schoonmaker@sog.unc.edu. If you have questions about the course content, please contact Timothy Heinle, Teaching Assistant Professor, at heinle@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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UNC School of Government
400 South Rd.
Chapel Hill, 27599 United States
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