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 2015 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 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

Deep South Capital Defense Conference

March 5-7, 2014
Imperial Palace Casino
Biloxi, MS

Click here for an evaluation form.
Click here for a CLE form.

Spring 2014 Public Defenders Conference

April 23-25, 2014
Natchez Grand Hotel and Suites
Natchez, MS

Click here for an evaluation form.
Click here for a CLE form.

Public Defenders HB 585 Conference

June 24-25, 2014
Hilton Garden Inn (King Edward Hotel)
235 West Capitol Street
Jackson, MS 39201S

Click here for an evaluation form.
Click here for a CLE form.
Click here for a link to the hand-out materials.

2014 Youth Court Public Defenders Conference

September 18-19, 2014
Hollywood Casino
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520

Click here for a CLE form.
Click here to download conference materials.

Fall 2014 Public Defenders Conference

October 22-24, 2014
Horseshoe Tunica Casino and Hotel
Tunica Resorts, MS 38664

Click here for a CLE form.
Click here to download materials

Spring 2015 Public Defenders Conference

April 22-24, 2015
Hollywood Casino
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520

Click here to download materials and administrative forms.


April 10, 2015
Golden Nugget
151 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS 39530

Click here to download materials.


May 15, 2015
120 Alumni Drive, University, MS 38677

Click here for a registration form.
Click here for a tentative agenda.
Click here to download materials.


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