Felony Defender Training

    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.

    This course will be held from Wednesday, February 7, to Friday, February 9. 

    Registration for the 2024 Felony Defender Training is now closed. 

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


    Additional information


    Agenda: 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.

    CLE: The program offers 16.25 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credit, including 1 hour of ethics/professional responsibility, and qualifies for the NC State Bar criminal law specialization credit (pending Bar approval).

    To receive partial credit, please submit your form to Kayla Fowler at kfowler@sog.unc.edu by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16. 

    Hotel Information: A block of rooms is available at Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill/Durham (6121 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill, NC) with a rate of $109 plus taxes and fees. The rate includes complimentary breakfast, parking, and free Wi-F-. To reserve a room, book here or call the hotel directly at 919-403-8700 and mention group code "FDT" or "Felony Defender Training." The hotel reservation deadline is Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

    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.


    General15.25 hrs
    Ethics1.00 hrs
    Total16.25 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; Director, Public Defense Education