Spring Public Defender Attorney and Investigator Conference

This course is Co-sponsored by Office of Indigent Defense Services, Co-sponsored by NC Association of Public Defenders, and Co-sponsored by NC Association of Public Defender Investigators.

The Spring Public Defender Attorney & Investigator Conference provides training on current topics of interest to public defender attorneys and investigators. Topics for the attorney track include first amendment defense, understanding victim's rights amendment, case updates, bail reform efforts in North Carolin, restorative justice, raise the age, and plea negotiations. There will also be a presentation on identifying and challening digital surveillance that will satisfy the one hour technology CLE requirement. The investigator track will include topics such as understanding and visualizing cell tower data, the art of report writing for investigator, interviewing alleges adult perpetrators, and self-defense in the field: dogs.

For information about other indigent defense education courses, visit our Indigent Defense Education site.

The conference has been rescheduled to Wednesday, August 19 through Friday, August 21, at the Hotel Ballast in Wilmington.

REGISTRATION:

Please note that the registration deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, at which time online registration will close. Due to space constraints, we cannot accommodate private attorneys at this conference. There is no onsite registration.*

*If spaces remain following the registration deadline, a late registration link will be added to the conference website. However, a late fee of $25 will be charged to those who register after August 5, resulting in a $100 registration fee for IDS employees.

Additional information

HOTEL:

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hotel Ballast for Tuesday, August 18 through Friday, August 21 at a rate of $129 plus tax, single or double occupancy. Free Wi-Fi is included. At the Hotel Ballast there is a self-parking fee of $15/night.

Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 910.763.5900 and mentioning group code PBD. The special room rate will be available until July 18.  After this date, guests will be accommodated on a space available basis and the rate is subject to an increase.

To book online simply copy and paste the URL below into your browser to access the exclusive rates available for this group:

Booking Link: https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/up/reservation/book.htm?inputModule=HOTEL&ctyhocn=ILMWRUP&spec_plan=PBD&arrival=20200818&departure=20200822&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

We strongly urge all conference participants (including state employees who are eligible for accommodation reimbursement) to stay at the Hotel Ballast to reduce costs for IDS.

 *We have a small number of rooms in our block for Tuesday night. These will fill up quickly. We are unable to add any additional rooms on Tuesday due to other groups in the hotel. There are significantly more rooms available Wednesday and Thursday.

If you already made your hotel registration at the Hotel Ballast, the hotel has moved your reservation to the new corresponding dates. If you no longer need a hotel reservation, you will need to contact the hotel to cancel.

PARKING

Hotel Ballast Guests: Hotel Ballast offers self-parking ($15/night). Please check in before you park.

Non Hotel Ballast Guests: Below is a list of the closest parking options to the Hotel Ballast in order of closest distance.

  •  Wilmington Convention Center: 0.3 miles from Hotel Ballast (7 minute walk, 1 minute car ride)

                10 Convention Center Drive, Wilmington NC 28401

                https://www.businessmadecasual.com/exhibit/parking

  • 2nd Street Parking Deck: 0.5 miles from Hotel Ballast (10 minute walk, 4 minute car ride)

                 Address: 114 N. 2nd Street, Wilmington, NC

  • 2nd Street Lot: 0.7 miles from Hotel Ballast (13 minute walk, 4 minute car ride)

                 Address: 15 South 2nd Street, Wilmington, NC (Between Market St. & Dock St. on 2nd St.)

  • Hannah Block Lot: 0.8 miles from Hotel Ballast (15 minute walk, 5 minute car ride)

                Address: 118 South 2nd Street, Wilmington, NC

  

TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT (IDS EMPLOYEES)

Your eligibility for travel reimbursement at the state rate is contingent on state rules and regulations.  A customized travel expense allowance sheet, as well as a mileage chart from county seats to Wilmington, will be available on the conference website soon.  As an IDS employee, your lodging is reimbursable at the state rate for Wednesday and Thursday nights if you must drive more than 35 miles to the conference from your home or office, whichever is closer. Lodging is not reimbursable for Tuesday night unless you drive more than 225 miles. Breakfast will be provided at no charge on Thursday and Friday; state employees may not claim reimbursement for breakfast.

The mileage reimbursement rate is $0.50 per mile for those participants with overnight status who carpool to and from the program. (Those who are not eligible to stay overnight are not required to carpool and will be reimbursed at $0.50 per mile.) You must list passenger names on your travel reimbursement form (AOC-A-25) in order to receive $0.50 per mile. If passenger names are not listed, or if you choose to drive alone, you will receive $0.25 per mile. All exceptions to the carpool policy must be pre-approved by Public Defender Administrator Susan Brooks: Susan.E.Brooks@nccourts.org

Participants are encouraged to use their offices state cars if feasible and if they are more than 150 miles from the site, to consider use of a rental under the state contract with Enterprise. For preapproval of the rental car and other information, contact Elisa Wolper at 919.354.7243 or elisa.wolper@nccourts.org

A customized travel allowable expense sheet, as well as mileage chart from county seats to Wilmington, can be found here.

CLE Credit qualifies for Criminal Law Specialization

12 hours of Investigator Credit will also be offered

*All continuing education credit is subject to approval

  • Wilmington, NC
    August 19 - 21, 2020
    Hotel Ballast
    301 N Water St
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    View Cancellation Policy
    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before August 11, 2020 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after August 12, 2020, 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.
    View Hotel Information

    HOTEL:

    A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hotel Ballast for Tuesday, August 18 through Friday, August 21 at a rate of $129 plus tax, single or double occupancy. Free wifi is included. At the Hotel Ballast there is a self-parking fee of $15/night.

    Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 910.763.5900 and mentioning group code PDD. The special room rate will be available until July 18.  After this date, guests will be accommodated on a space available basis and the rate is subject to an increase. You may also book online here.

    View Additional Information

    Please note that the registration deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, at which time online registration will close. There is no onsite registration.*

    *If spaces remain following the registration deadline, a late registration link will be added to the conference website. However, a late fee of $25 will be charged to those who register after August 5, resulting in a $100 registration fee for IDS employees.

    IDS employees—public defenders, public defender investigators, appellate defenders, capital defenders, special counsel, and IDS legal staff

    $75.00
    If you are a returning customer, please note that we have a new course registration system that we hope will be easier for you to use. If you encounter any registration issues, please explore our list of frequently asked questions or contact us at registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414.

    Non-IDS investigators—federal public defender investigators, private investigators, and CDPL and PLS investigators

    $275.00
    If you are a returning customer, please note that we have a new course registration system that we hope will be easier for you to use. If you encounter any registration issues, please explore our list of frequently asked questions or contact us at registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414.

    The Center for Death Penalty Litigation (CDPL) and North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Inc. (PLS) 

    Due to space constraints, we cannot accommodate private attorneys at this conference.

    $375.00
    If you are a returning customer, please note that we have a new course registration system that we hope will be easier for you to use. If you encounter any registration issues, please explore our list of frequently asked questions or contact us at registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414.
For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

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

Kate Jennings

Program Manager, Courts Group
919.962.3287
Defender Educator, Indigent Defense Education
Civil Defender Educator, Indigent Defense Education