Public Defense Education expands virtual content library

A black laptop open to a Powerpoint presenttion titled "Zealous Advocacy During a Pandemic."

With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, instructors and students face challenges in their ability to return to the classroom. In order to ease the burden for attorneys in need of continuing legal education credit (CLE), and to fulfill their mission of providing quality, innovative, and accessible training for defenders, the Public Defense Education program at the UNC School of Government has updated its virtual content library with an expanded list of nearly 70 sessions for CLE credit.

All sessions are taught by instructors with in-depth knowledge of legal issues and their impact on an attorney's practice. The sessions are available for a modest fee. Providing access to the educational content remains a priority, and all sessions are available for viewing at no cost for those who do not need CLE credit. While most presentations are for defenders, they may be helpful to others who work in the court system.

Available topics include:

  • Abuse, neglect, and dependency
  • Civil commitment
  • Criminal law
  • Ethics
  • Guardianship
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Mental health and substance abuse
  • Technology

A full list of available trainings and credit amounts is available on the Public Defense Education website. Recent content added to the virtual library includes:

“These sessions are vital to my work,” a Public Defense Education client shared. “I appreciate the concern with keeping up these legal developments and providing perspectives on them.”

Public Defense Education virtual training efforts are overseen by Monica Yelverton, associate director of programs and services. Public Defense Education’s work is supported by the North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services. For additional information about Public Defense Education, please visit its website.