TRAINING

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 2024 Application for MPDA Membership.

Greetings Public Defender,

Above is the link for the 2024 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, 2024.


Public Defender Training Events



2024 Spring OSPD & MPDA Public Defender Conference

April 24-26, 2024 - IP Casino Resort Spa
850 Bayview Avenue - Biloxi, MS 39530

CONFERENCE MATERIALS      Conference Registration      Hotel Reservation

DEADLINE to REGISTER for CONFERENCE and HOTEL IS APRIL 1, 2024


2024 Spring Youth Defender Certification Training
Registration Limited to 50 Participants

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - Thursday, March 21, 2024
The Threefoot Hotel, Meridian, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel and Riley Conference Center
Meridian, Mississippi

Conference Registration      Hotel Registration      Materials

DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR CONFERENCE IS MARCH 15, 2024

2024 Family Defense Certification Training
Registration Limited to 50 Participants
Thursday, March 21, 2024 - Friday, March 22, 2024
The Threefoot Hotel, Meridian, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel and Riley Conference Center
Meridian, Mississippi

Conference Registration     Hotel Registration     Materials

DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR CONFERENCE IS MARCH 15, 2024


2024 Deep South Capital Defense Conference/Life in the Balance

March 6-8, 2024 - Golden Nugget Casino
151 Beach Blvd. - Biloxi, MS 39530

Agenda and Conference Materials


REGISTRATION: Fall 2023 Public Defender Conference
October 25-27, 2023 - Hilton Jackson
1001 East County Line Road, Jackson, MS 39211

Agenda and Conference Materials


REGISTRATION: Fall 2023 Parent Defender Certification Training
September 21-22 - Whispering Woods Hotel - Olive Branch, MS

Agenda and Conference Materials


REGISTRATION: Fall 2023 Youth Defender Certification Training
September 20-21 - Whispering Woods Hotel - Olive Branch, MS

Agenda and Conference Materials


OSPD & MPDA Spring 2023 Public Defender Conference
April 26-28, 2023 - Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast
711 Hollywood Blvd. - Bay St. Louis, MS 39520

Agenda
Conference Materials


PARENT DEFENDER REGISTRATION

Spring 2023 Parent Defender Certification Training
March 23-24, 2023 - Graduate Hotel
400 N Lamar Blvd. - Oxford, MS 38655
Agenda
Conference Materials


YOUTH DEFENDER REGISTRATION

Spring 2023 Youth Defender Certification Training
March 22-23, 2023 - Graduate Hotel
400 N Lamar Blvd. - Oxford, MS 38655
Agenda
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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