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CrImmigration Defenders Master Class, Jessica Stern, SternLaw

  • Click here for more information. $300 discount for public defenders 
  • 1 Day Virtual Master Class
  • Intensive, full-day program (6 hour CLE) 4 weekly group training calls w/ Jessica after the workshop to continue to build the necessary skills and confidence for full Padilla representationCrImmigration Defenders Community! You’ll gain exclusive access to our “member’s only” CrImmigration Defenders Group – the ONLY online community exclusively for CrImmigration Defenders

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

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

JCATS Training, Canyon Solutions

  • September 23, 2020, 9 AM ET

Handling DUI Cases: The Georgia Public Defender Council Edition, Ben Sessions, Laura Wester, Juanita Thurman Kimble, Ashley Schiavone, Angelique McClendon, Josh Ott, Erin Gerstenzang

  • Sessions include: Demystifying DRE Detection Tools, How to watch a DUI Video, Walking Clients Through DUI Issues, DUI License Outcomes, DUI Case Law Update, Winning Pretrial Hearings + COVID Speedy Trial Demands, Workshopping Motion Issues
  • September 23, 2020, 9:30 AM - 5:15 PM
  • Click here to register. Note: after you register, you will receive a confirmation email with links to sign up for each session in order to receive the Zoom links.

Storytelling, Chris Adams, President, NACDL, and Tzitel Voss, Speech Communications and Theater teacher

  • Persuasion by storytelling wins trials.  Come spend an hour learning more about storytelling for justice through the choice of scenes, use of senses, and creation of structure.  
  • September 24, 2020, 10 AM ET
  • Click here to register.

NAPD: Investigator Meetup, Jonathan "Jon" Lyon, Investigator/Member Support Coordinator, National Association for Public Defense, and Larry Pozner 

NAPD: Cross Examination: Preparation, Precision, & Persuasion, Andre Vitale, Trial Chief, Hudson County Office of the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender

The Equality and Justice for All Youth Subcommittee: Implicit Bias Training

  • October 2 and 5, half day
  • Training Objectives for Participants: Gain an understanding of implicit bias and how it affects others within our social & professional roles; discover the causes of implicit bias & what it looks like in the real world (an introduction); learn how to measure and reduce (or manage) implicit bias
  • The training is at no cost to the participants.
  • To sign up, contact Haley Dunn-McKinney, Planning and Policy Development Specialist, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Creating Rapport with Challenging Clients and Family Members, Chip Hardin, APD, Toombs Circuit

NAPD: How to Prepare for a Fire Expert Deposition and Litigation, Marc Fennell, IAAI-CFI 

NACDL: Prison Brake - Rethinking the Sentencing Status Quo (Free)

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