Defender Trial School

This course is cosponsored by the Office of Indigent Defense Services.

Participants will use their own cases to develop a cohesive theory of defense at trial and apply that theory through all stages of a criminal trial, including voir dire, opening and closing arguments, and direct and cross-examination. The Guide for Participants, located below, explains the type of case to bring and the few steps to take to prepare for the program. 

This program is open to public defenders and private attorneys who perform a significant amount of appointed criminal work.

For information about other public defense education courses, visit our Public Defense Education site.

2022 Defender Trial School, will be held Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15, 2022 at the UNC School of Government. 

 

Additional information

 

PARTICIPANT GUIDE

CREDIT

The program will offer approximately 29 hours of general CLE credit and qualifies for NC State Bar criminal law specialization credit.

TEACHING METHODS

This program is comprised of plenary sessions and intensive small group workshops. Due to the interactive nature of the program, participants are expected to attend all sessions

PREREQUISITES

This program differs from others that you may have attended. Unlike other programs, you need to attend all of the sessions. Although you will be working from a hypothetical case in the plenary sessions, you will spend most of your time in small groups working on your own cases.  

HOTEL INFORMATION AND TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT

A block of rooms has been set aside from Sunday, July 10 through Friday, July 15, 2022, at the Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill with a rate of $94.00 plus taxes and fees. The rate includes a full deluxe hot breakfast and Wi-Fi. To reserve a room online visit chapelhillsuites.hamptoninn.com and use Group Code “DTS”. To reserve a room by phone, call the hotel at 919.403.8700, press 0 and provide the Group Name “Defender Trial School". To receive the discounted rate reservations must be made no later than June 24, 2022.

IDS has approved this program for travel reimbursement for state employees at the state rate in accordance with state rules and regulations. Expense allowance information for this program is forthcoming. For all questions regarding travel reimbursement, please contact Amy Ferrell—Accounting Supervisor at IDS—at 919.890.1660 or Amy.M.Ferrell@nccourts.org.

General29.00 hrs
Total29.00 hrs
  • Chapel Hill, NC
    July 11 - 15, 2022
    UNC School of Government
    Knapp-Sanders Building
    400 South Road
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before July 03, 2022 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after July 04, 2022, but you will receive a transferrable credit to be used within 12 months. Click here to view the School’s full cancellation and refund policy.
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    IDS Employees & Scholarship Recipients

    $0.00
    Registration and payment for this course grants access for a single attendee. In order to register a group of attendees, please register each person individually. If you have questions, please contact our registration office at registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414.

    Private Assigned Counsel, Contract Attorneys & other Non-IDS Employees

    $750.00
    Registration and payment for this course grants access for a single attendee. In order to register a group of attendees, please register each person individually. If you have questions, please contact our registration office at registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414.
For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
919.966.4414
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Michael Spinosi

Program Manager, Courts Group
919.843.7978
Albert Coates Professor of Public Law and Government, and Director, Public Defense Education