Training

The Division of Public Defender Training within the Office of State Public Defender provides a means for state, county and municipal public defenders to receive the required 12 hours of continuing legal education per year, including ethics. Monies collected from various fines are credited to the Public Defenders Education Fund and are appropriated by the Legislature each year for public defender training. Please visit our Training and Events Area for information regarding Conferences. The MOIA, Training Division also provides services to public defenders by offering continuing legal education programs and case law and legislative updates.


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 a 2016 Application for Membership.


Directory of MS Public Defenders

Directory by County

A directory of Mississippi Public Defenders has and is being compiled by the Division of Public Defender Training. If you are a public defender in Mississippi, please send your name, address, phone number and any other information to info@ospd.ms.gov. This will ensure that you are included in the directory and will receive training announcements.


Public Defenders ListServer

The Public Defenders ListServer is an email service provided through the MS Bar wherein public defenders can share information and ideas as well as to receive regular training updates. You can subscribe to this list through the Bar by clicking here. The name of the list is "PublicDefenders".


Public Defender Training Events


NORTHERN REGIONAL JUVENILE DEFENDER TRAINING

May 15, 2015
THE INN AT OLE MISS
120 Alumni Drive, University, MS 38677

Click here for conference materials and administrative forms.


CENTRAL REGIONAL JUVENILE DEFENDER TRAINING

September 10-11, 2015
Hilton Garden Inn
Jackson, MS

Click here for conference materials and administrative forms.


2015 FALL PUBLIC DEFENDERS CONFERENCE

October 20-23, 2015
Horseshoe Casino
Tunica, MS

Click here for conference materials and administrative forms.


DEEP SOUTH CAPTIAL DEFENSE CONFERENCE

January 27-29, 2016
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
Biloxi, MS

Click here for conference materials and administrative forms.


2016 SPRING PUBLIC DEFENDERS CONFERENCE

April 27-29, 2016
Natchez Grand Hotel
Natchez, MS

Click here for conference materials and administrative forms.


SOUTHERN REGIONAL JUVENILE DEFENDER TRAINING

May 13, 2016
Golden Nugget
Biloxi, MS 39530

Click here for registration form.
Click here for a link to conference materials.


NORTHERN REGIONAL JUVENILE DEFENDER TRAINING

June 17, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn
 Tupelo, MS

Click here for registration form.
Click here for a tentative agenda.


FALL 2016 JUVENILE DEFENDER TRAINING

September 8-9, 2016
Marriott Courtyard Columbus
Columbus, MS


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