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TRAINING

The Public Defender Training Division provides state, county, municipal, and youth court defenders continuing legal education programs, case law and legislative updates, legal research, and technical assistance in complex cases. The Division also oversees the collection and reporting of data for the Legislature and Public Defender Taskforce.

Mississippi Public Defenders Association (MPDA)

The Mississippi Public Defenders Association is a non-profit organization which provides support to public defenders in the state. The MPDA provides services to members by offering legislative updates, networking and brainstorming opportunities for trial preparation, model jury instructions, appellate brief guides, and the support of a group of attorneys committed to seeking justice through the protection of the constitutional rights of all persons charged with a crime in the state courts of Mississippi.

Click here for the MPDA Member Directory.

Click here for the 2022 Application for MPDA Membership.

Good Afternoon Public Defender,

Above is the link for the 2022 MPDA Application for Membership. To all of you who are not currently MPDA members, please consider joining. MPDA co-sponsors two large public defender conferences a year and often contributes to the social events included in OSPD’s parent defender and juvenile defender trainings. Along with your membership you can gain access to any of the three list serves; juvenile defender, parent defender, and the general MPDA criminal law list serve. Please complete the application and return it with a check payable to “MPDA” for the appropriate amount.

By joining or renewing your MPDA membership you also join and/or renew your membership to the National Association For Public Defense (NAPD). In addition to excellent training and support opportunities, NAPD hosts a one of kind database called MyGideon. It is indexed by subject matter and contains instructional videos, manuals and motions from around the country. To learn about NAPD click here: National Association of Public Defenders.

To receive the benefit of this dual membership you must submit your application and dues no later than February 28, 2022. 


Public Defender Training Events


2022 SPRING CONFERENCES - Save the Dates

OSPD & MPDA Public Defender Conference April 25-29, 2022

Deep South Capital Defense Conference March 9-11, 2022

Juvenile Defender and Parent Defender Training March 22-23 & March 23-24, 2022


2021 OSPD & MPDA Fall Public Defender Conference
October 27-29, 2021 - Golden Nugget Hotel Casino, Biloxi, MS

Online Registration & Information, Conference Materials and Agenda


2021 OSPD Fall Juvenile Defender Certification Training
October 28-29, 2021 - Golden Nugget Hotel Casino, Biloxi, MS

Online Registration & Information, Agenda, and Conference Materials


OSPD Fall 2021 Parent Defender Certification Training - Sept. 23-24, 2021

Hollywood Casino, Bay St. Louis, MS

Conference Materials


Understanding and Litigating the Use of Mobile Devices
Sponsored by the Office of State Public Defender and the Federal Public Defender

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 from 9:30 am to 2:15 pm

Megan Graham Materials, Program Description, and CLE Form


2021 OSPD VIRTUAL SPRING JUVENILE DEFENDER SEMINAR

Beginning June 2, 2021, 10:45 am - Ending June 3, 2021 3:00 pm

Conference Materials


2021 SPRING VIRTUAL PD CONFERENCE

Beginning April 26, 2021 09:45 am - Ending Friday, April 30, 2021 11:30 am

Conference Materials


SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME/ABUSIVE HEAD TRAUMA Zoom Training
March 19, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Central Time (US and Canada)


GEOFENCE WARRANTS: What They Are, How They Work and How to Challenge Them
March 12, 2021 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Central Time

Geofence Warrants - Registration Link and other Info


SECOND CHANCE for REPRESENTING KIDS IN YOUTH COURT
March 15, 2021 thru March 26, 2021 - 12 Hours including 1 Ethics Hour CLE

Second Chance for Representing Kids in Youth Court


THE CRIMINILIZATION OF PREGNANCY

Conference Materials


ELECTRONIC EVIDENCE - RANDY HERTZ
February 19, 2021 - 2:30 thru 4:00 - 1.5 Hours CLE

Trial Manual 6 - For the Defense of Criminal Cases

Chapter 36 - Evidentiary Issues

Crawford Outline for Public Defenders

Randy Hertz Bio

Electronic Evidence Registration



Can't find what you're looking for? Materials for past conferences are available on this page one year after the conference was held. Older conference materials are available on request - just email Karen Kegley.

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