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NAPD: Representing Protesters and Activists, Jeff Robinson (March 28, 2017)

NITA: Remote Advocacy: Representing Your Client During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Update on Forensic Bodily Fluid Testing: Principles, Interpretations, and Red Flags, Dr. Maher "Max" Noureddine, PhD, MS, D-ABC, President, ForensiGen, LLC

The Old Wisdom is Not Wise: Ways We Lose and the Way We Win, David Ball, PhD., Trial Consultant 

The prisons are full of the ex-clients of attorneys who have simply been doing their cases wrong. Flat-out wrong. Years of research have proven this, and shown how to reverse it. The new way is simple and quickly learned, makes it easier and faster to prepare for every trial, and makes conviction as unlikely as the Founders intended. If this sounds like hype, you won't think so once you've learned it.

NAPD: JLWOP Resentencing and Participatory Defense, Fred Weatherspoon and Haley Volpintesta 

NAPD: Investigator Meetup: Criminal History Collection

NAPD: Representing Veterans in Criminal Cases-Obtaining and Understanding Military Records, Capt. Art Cody, USN (Retired); Director of Criminal Programs at the Veteran Advocacy Project

National Alliance for Parent Representation: A Conversation about the Manifestation of White Supremacy in the Institution of Child Welfare, Malena Arnaud, MSW, Center for Family Representation, NY; Corey Best, Mining for Gold, FL; Maleeka Jihad, MSW, MJ Consulting Firm, CO; Renee Jones, MSW, Washington State Office of Public Defense; Beilul Ogbazghi, Washington State Office of Public Defense

NAPD: Blunt Force Trauma - What Every Attorney/Investigator Needs to Know, Tara Godoy, BSN RN CFN LNC

NAPD: Capital Practitioners Meet UpLorinda Youngcourt, Chair of NAPD's Education Committee and Capital Practioners Subcommittee

JCATS Training, Canyon Solutions

Advanced Cell Location, Eric Grabski, Envista

Padilla in Perspective, Part IV - ANALYZE: Is this Offense a “Match” to a Deportable Offense? Jessica Stern, STERNLaw

We will walk through the basics of analyzing deportation consequences of specific offenses using case law analysis, looking at: categorical approach, divisible v. non-divisible statutes, “record of conviction,” etc.

NAPD: Padilla Meetup

NAPD: Reading Medical Records: What You Need to Know Without "Googling" Every Term, Tara Godoy, BSN RN CFN LNC

JCATS Training, Canyon Solutions

NAPD: The Jury Selection Toolbox, Inese A. Neiders, Jury Consultant

NAPD: Head Trauma, Comprehension and Intoxication, Tara Godoy, BSN RN CFN LNC

NAPD: Resolving Cases in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond: Successfully Communicating with Our Clients and Negotiating with the Prosecution, Kristen Nelson, Director, Powell Project and Julianne Hill, Assistant Director, Powell Project 

NAPD: We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For: A Virtual Conference for Women in Public Defense

JCATS Training, Canyon Solutions

NAPD: Evidence: Relevance, Prejudice, & Crawford, Andre Vitale, Trial Chief, Hudson County Office of the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender

Padilla in Perspective, Part V - IMPLEMENT: Putting Together All the Steps of the Deportation Consequences Analysis, Jessica Stern, STERNLaw

As the last webinar of our 5-part series, we will walk through how we put it all together, reflecting on the foundation built over the series. We implement the Padilla deportation consequences analysis, starting from the initial client meeting and woven throughout the entire representation until final disposition – either at a plea hearing or jury trial.

JCATS Training, Canyon Solutions

Plea Negotiations, Anna Kurien, The Justice Collaborative 

JCATS Training, Canyon Solutions

TILPP Part II: Trial Skills (previously scheduled for July) 

  • December 6 - 10, 2020
  • Brasstown Valley, Young Harris

TILPP Part I: Fundamentals of Public Defense

  • January 17 - 21, 2021
  • Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain

Contact Professional Development & Recruitment

Trish McCann Bertram
Professional Development Director

Sarah Grace Alexander
Professional Development and Recruitment Coordinator


CLE Credit Information for Seminars

GPDC will submit the names and bar numbers of all attendees to the State Bar after seminar attendance. GPDC does not pay for your CLE credit; you are responsible for paying for any CLE credit that you wish to receive. Each CLE credit is $5 per hour plus an additional $15 for any/each professionalism hour. Once GPDC has certified your attendance to the bar, you may send a check to the State Bar for the CLE credit that you need, OR pay online at Checks should be made out to “CCLC” and sent to: Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency, 104 Marietta Street, NW, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30303. Make sure to include the seminar name, date(s), your name and bar number with the check. You can also check the status of your CLE credits at the State Bar’s website,


CLE Information for Previous Trainings