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 2014 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

2013 Youth Court Public Defenders Conference

September 12-13, 2013
The Inn at Ole Miss
Oxford, MS

Click here for an evaluation form for September 12th
Click here for an evaluation form for September 13th

Click here for a CLE form.

Fall 2013 Public Defenders Conference

October 23-25, 2013
Horseshoe Tunica Casino and Hotel
Tunica Resorts, MS 38664

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

2013 Winter Litigation Seminar

Bring Your Own Sex Case Training

December 4-6, 2013
The Inn at Ole Miss
University, MS

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

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 a Registration Form.
Click here for the Tentative Agenda.


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