Public Defense

2017 FREE Webinar: Challenging Government Hacking in Criminal Cases

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) recently published a guide on challenging evidence seized by government-installed computer malware authored by the American Civil Liberties Union with input from NACDL and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The guide, “Challenging Government Hacking in Criminal Cases,” assessed recent court decisions evaluating the government’s use of malware in the context of Fourth Amendment protections from unreasonable searches.

Defending Women Charged with Crimes in Relationship to Pregnancy

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers presents this webinar with attorneys from National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), with the goal of expanding NAPW's nationwide network of criminal defense lawyers who have the training and tools needed to provide excellent representation in cases of women being criminally charged or otherwise punished in relationship to pregnancy.

Policing Body Cameras: Shaping Policies and Defending Cases in Body Camera Jurisdictions

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) recently released its report Policing Body Cameras: Policies and Practices to Safeguard the Rights of the Accused. The report outlined NACDL's position on the introduction and use of body cameras by law enforcement. This webinar will walk through the recommendations and talk about how to negotiate stronger body camera policies in your jurisdiction, the technical aspects of body cameras, and strategies and tactics for defending clients in body camera jurisdictions.

"Not on My Watch!": Protecting Your Client and Challenging the State in Juvenile and Adult Court

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Georgia Public Defender Council are planning a two-day training program in Macon, Georgia, to target the underserved area of southwest Georgia. Public defense providers, including institutionally employed defenders and those who do public defense via court appointment, are welcome to attend. The program will have a dual track on the first day, with juvenile and adult topics, and the second day will be comprised of "crossover" topics for both adult and juvenile defenders.

Mississippi Public Defense Training

NACDL will present a program titled "Taking the Fear out of Forensics" for indigent defenders in Mississippi. Defenders in Tennessee, Louisiana, and Alabama are also welcome to attend. The seminar will take place on March 17-18, 2015 at the University of Mississippi School of Law in Oxford, MS (pending BJA conference approval). The program is free and open only to public defenders and private assigned counsel in Missisippi.

More information, including a draft agenda and link to register, can be found online at

National Legal Aid and Defender Association

Founded in 1911, NLADA is America’s oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted
to excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel. NLADA has a
long history of providing technical assistance, including seminal systems evaluations,
training, and toolkits to promote excellence in state and local public defense delivery systems.
NLADA team devoted to this project bring extensive technical assistance and evaluation
experience, as well as a wealth of field experience in public defense delivery. NLADA is a

Active BJA Funded Project(s):

  • Safeguarding the Right to Counsel- the Sixth Amendment Initiative
  • Supplemental Funding to Support Smart Defense Training and Technical Assistance