Felony Defender Training

    The program is geared toward attorneys who are new to representing defendants charged with felonies in superior court. Topics will include discovery and investigation, suppression and other superior court motions, lab reports, preserving the record, jury instructions, sentencing, and trial skills—including conducting voir dire—necessary to handle felony cases from start to finish. The program is comprised of plenary sessions and intensive small group workshops.

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

    This course will be held on Wednesday, February 8 - Friday, February 10, 2023. 

    The registration is now closed. 

    Additional information



    The agenda can be found here

    Attendees: The Felony Defender Training is open to public defenders and private attorneys who perform a significant amount of appointed work. The program is geared toward attorneys who are new to representing defendants charged with felonies in superior court. 

    Scholarships: At this time, all scholarships have been awarded. All applicants have been notified of the status of their application.

    CLE: This training will offer 16.00 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credit, including 14.00 hours of general credit, 1 hour of mental health/substance abuse and 1 hour of ethics credit.

    To receive partial credit, please submit your form to Kayla Fowler at kfowler@sog.unc.edu by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17. 

    Hotel Information: A block of rooms are available at Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill/Durham (6121 Farrington Rd Chapel Hill, NC) with a rate of $94.00 plus taxes and fees. The rate includes complimentary breakfast, parking and free internet. To reserve a room, book here or call the hotel directly at 919-403-8700 and mention the group code "FDT" or "Felony Defender Training." The registration deadline is Monday, January 23, 2023.

    COVID Guidelines: UNC-Chapel Hill and the School of Government are required to follow the University’s Community Standards to help maintain a healthy and safe community. Masks are optional on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus (with exceptions in health care settings and Chapel Hill Transit). We will have masks available for anyone who prefers to wear one while in the building.


    Felony Defender Training qualifies for NC State Bar criminal law specialization credit.

    General14.00 hrs
    Ethics1.00 hrs
    Substance abuse1.00 hrs
    Total16.00 hrs
    There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.
    For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

    Dale Zuckert

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

    Kayla Fowler

    Program Manager, Courts Group
    Teaching Assistant Professor