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.

Greetings 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 OSPD & MPDA Fall Public Defender Conference
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Parent Defender Training and Youth Defender Training
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OSPD & MPDA Spring Public Defender Conference - April 27-29, 2022
Golden Moon Casino and Hotel
13541 MS-16 Philadelphia, MS 39350

You must make your own room reservation by calling 1-866-447-3275
Group Code S4MOS22 - Rate is $83/night
Reservation Deadline is April 4, 2022

Conference Materials

March 24-25, 2022

King Edward Hotel - Hilton Garden Inn Jackson/Downtown
You must make your own hotel reservations. Hotel is $96 per night. Deadline is Feb. 20.

Reserve by phone at 1(800) HILTONS, Group Code MOSPD,
or online Conference Registration. Also see Conference Materials

March 23-24, 2022 - Conference Materials

King Edward Hotel - Hilton Garden Inn Jackson/Downtown
Registration Deadline - March 11, 2022
You must make your own hotel reservations. Hotel is $96 per night. Deadline is Feb. 20

Reserve by phone at 1(800) HILTONS, Group Code MOSPD, or online Conference Registration

COSTS ALL ABOVE TRAININGS: • Salaried Defender : $0 • Ad Hoc/ Appointed (MPDA Member) : $50 • Ad Hoc/ Appointed (Not MPDA Member) : $200 • Out-of-State Participants: $200 (Capital Defense Conference Attendees Only) ALL PAYMENTS should be by check, payable to OSPD. Please mail to State Public Defender Office Attn: Berenda Pendleton Training Division P. O. Box 3510 Jackson, MS 39207-3510

March 9-11, 2022

REGISTRATION, Hotel Info, and Conference Materials
Deadline for Hotel Registration is Feb. 22, 2022 - Conference Registration Deadline is March 1, 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


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

Conference Materials


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

Conference Materials

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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