Final Reminder to Register for 2018 Felony Defender Training

Registration for the 2018 Felony Defender Training scheduled for February 14-16, is available at https://www.sog.unc.edu/courses/felony-defender-training. This training is co-sponsored by the UNC School of Government and the Office of Indigent Defense Services.  The agenda is posted on the course webpage.

Program: This program is for attorneys who are new to handling felony cases. Topics will include discovery and investigation, suppression and other superior court motions, lab reports, preserving the record, jury instructions, sentencing, and trial skills— including conducting voir dire —necessary to handle felony cases from start to finish. The program is comprised of plenary sessions and intensive small group workshops.

Participants: The Felony Defender Training is open to public defenders and private attorneys who perform a significant amount of appointed work. The program is geared toward attorneys who are new to representing defendants charged with felonies in superior court. Attendance is limited to 48 participants in light of the intensive small group work.

LOCATION, DATES, & TIMES: This training will be held at the School of Government on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus February 14-16, 2018.  Check-in is from 9:15 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday.  The training ends at 12:45 p.m. on Friday. Lunch will be provided Wednesday and Thursday as well as light snacks and refreshments during most breaks.

REGISTRATION: We are currently at capacity for Private Assigned Counsel, Contract Attorneys, and other non-IDS employees, however there is a waiting list should additional space become available.  You will only be notified of space becoming available if you are on the waiting list.  To be placed on the waiting list, please send your name and phone number to Tanya Jisa at jisa@sog.unc.edu.

IDS employees may still register online, as well as to find directions, hotel information, and other program details—including our cancellation and refund policy—by visiting https://www.sog.unc.edu/courses/felony-defender-training. Space is limited and preregistration is required; the registration deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please plan on attending all sessions.

Note that our registration system requires one unique email address per profile created, so each person who plans to attend must register separately using an individual email address. As we correspond with participants primarily through email, please ensure that your email address is current if you are a returning customer.

FEE: The registration fee for private assigned counsel is $415, which includes all materials, parking, breaks, and lunches. Thanks to support from IDS, there is no fee for IDS state employees.

Credit & Certification: The program offers 15.5 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credit, including 1 hour of ethics/professional responsibility, 1 hour of mental health/substance abuse, and qualifies for NC State Bar criminal law specialization credit.

Hotel Information: A block of rooms had been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express Chapel Hill, however the deadline for the reduced rate has passed. To reserve a room online at the standard rate, please visit www.hiexpress.com/chapelhillnc or call the hotel directly at 919.489.7555.

TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT—IDS STATE EMPLOYEES ONLY: Travel reimbursement for IDS state employees is contingent upon state rules and regulations. For all questions regarding travel reimbursement, please contact Elisa Wolper, Fiscal Officer at IDS, at 919.354.7200. Please note that travel reimbursement forms must be submitted to IDS Financial Services within 30 days of travel or reimbursement will be denied.

Additional Information: We look forward to seeing you in February.  If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Tanya Jisa at jisa@sog.unc.edu / 919.843.8981 or Phil Dixon—Defender Educator—at dixon@sog.unc.edu / 919.966.4248.

Registration is Now Open for “The Advocating for Youth Charged with First Degree Murder” Training

We are excited to announce that the School of Government and the Office of Indigent Defense Services will be cosponsoring a new course titled “The Advocating for Youth Charged with First Degree Murder”. This training will be held on March 9, 2018 at the UNC School of Government.

This special topics training is for attorneys who represent youth in juvenile or superior court. It will include topics that address sentencing, mitigation, parole hearings, transfer hearings and a discussion about the future of Miller cases. The training will offer 5.75 CLE Hours.  Here you will find a copy of the agenda.

Check-in will be on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., at which time the program will begin. The program ends at 4:15 p.m.

REGISTRATION: To register online, as well as to find directions and other program information, please visit the UNC School of Government website.

The registration fee for the training is $165.  The online registration deadline is 5:00 p.m. on FRIDAY, March 2, 2018. There is no onsite registration.

HOTEL INFORMATION: A block of rooms has been set up at the Holiday Inn Express Chapel Hill. The rate is $80 per night and includes a full deluxe hot breakfast, high speed wireless internet access and local shuttle service. To reserve a room online please visit www.hiexpress.com/chapelhillnc and use the group code JPM. To reserve a room by phone please call the hotel directly at 919.489.7555, provide your arrival / departure dates and the group code JPM. You are responsible for making your own hotel reservation. The reservation deadline for the block rate is February 15, 2018. After this date, guests will be accommodated on a space-available basis and may not be able to obtain the group rate.

TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT – IDS STATE EMPLOYEES ONLY: If you are an IDS employee, your eligibility for travel reimbursement at the state rate is contingent upon state rules and regulations. For all questions regarding travel reimbursement, please contact Elisa Wolper—Chief Financial Officer at IDS—at 919.890.1643. Please note travel reimbursement forms must be submitted to IDS Financial Services within 30 days of travel or reimbursement will be denied.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: We look forward to seeing you in March.  If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact me, Susan Jensen – Program Manager – at sjensen@sog.unc.edu or 919-962-0940, or Austine Long – Program Attorney for the Indigent Defense Education – at along@sog.unc.edu or 919.962.9594.

OJD Week in Review: Jan. 1-5

Happy Holidays again and welcome to 2018, Juvenile Defender family!  We hope everyone has had a safe and happy holiday.  We’ve got a few resources and announcements to share to start you off and we will be bringing our 2017 Year in Review very soon as well.

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New Year, (Kind of) New Resources

Here on the OJD website, we have updated our “Training Material – Listed by Subjects” section, located under the “Materials for Defenders” tab, with the PowerPoints from our most recent training, hosted in Goldsboro in collaboration with the N.C. Advocates for Justice.  These training materials include tips on how to get experts, detention advocacy, the role of juvenile counsel, and a new introduction to juvenile court.

On the Office of Indigent Defense Services homepage, a video from the IDS Commission has recently been added.  The 10-minute segment features several members of the Commission including James Payne, Judge Lisa Menefee, Art Beeler, Dorothy Hairston Mitchell and others.  Each member briefly discusses their own career, the importance of indigent defense, the need for quality representation, and offers thanks to others who serve in indigent defense.  You can view the video here.

A Good Time for Training

The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice along with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s School-Justice Partnership Project is hosting a podcast series titled “Strategies to Build Family and Youth Engagement to Keep Kids in School“.  This series will highlight methods to aid youth with behavioral health needs and strategies for families to work with schools and stakeholders to improve outcomes for children.

Registration for the 2018 Child Support Enforcement: Representing Respondents seminar will remain open until 5 p.m. today.  This full-day seminar provides training for attorneys who represent alleged contemnors in child support enforcement proceedings, and it is open to public defenders and private attorneys. The program will take place on Friday, Jan. 19 from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.  There is a $160 fee for privately assigned counsel, which includes materials, lunch, parking and breaks, but there is no fee required for IDS employees.  Six hours of CLE credit will also be provide for participants, including one hour of ethics.  To register and to find more information, including hotel reservations and contact details, please check the link here.  IDS employees may contact Elisa Wolper, Fiscal Officer at IDS, at 919-354-7200 for any questions regarding travel reimbursement.

The UNC School of Government has also announced that registration is now open for the 2018 Felony Defender Training, scheduled from Wednesday, Feb. 14, beginning at 9:45 p.m. and ending Friday, Feb. 16 at 12:45 p.m.  The deadline for registration will be Tuesday, Jan. 30.  This training is intended for attorneys who are new to handling felony cases and will cover multiple topics including lab reports, discovery and investigation, sentencing, and more.  This program will be open to private attorneys and public defenders.  There is a $415 registration fee for private assigned counsel which includes materials, parking, breaks, and lunches, and no fee is required of IDS employees.  Participants in this program will receive 15.5 hours of CLE credit, including one hour of ethics, one hour of mental health/substance abuse, and qualifies for N.C. State Bar criminal law specialization credit.  To register or to find more information on course materials, hotel reservations, or other details, please check the link here.  IDS employees may contact Elisa Wolper for information on travel reimbursement.

That is all for now.  There are already plenty of other training opportunities available for this year, so please feel free to check through our archives, especially those from the past month, to make sure you don’t miss out on any of them.  We will have more updates and highlights to come soon, so please check back with us often.  And again, we wish everyone a happy New Year and hope to help all juvenile justice advocates get a strong start in 2018.

 

 

ICYMI: Registration for the 2018 Child Support Enforcement Seminar Closing Soon

Registration for the 2018 Child Support Enforcement: Representing Respondents seminar is open until Friday, January 5.

TOPICS:  This full-day seminar provides training for attorneys who represent alleged contemnors in child support enforcement proceedings. The seminar will begin with sessions on the requirements for civil and criminal contempt and the dispositional alternatives available to the trial court.  It continues with presentations on understanding the state and federal regulations, community resources for your clients, and advocacy in child support contempt cases. The seminar also includes a one hour ethics session. An agenda is posted on the course webpage.

PARTICIPANTS: Child Support Enforcement: Representing Respondents is open to public defenders and private attorneys who do appointed work and is geared toward attorneys who represent respondents in child support enforcement proceedings.

TIMES: Check-in will be on Friday, January 19 from 8:00am to 8:45am, at which time the program will begin. The program ends at 4:15pm.

REGISTRATION: To register online, as well as to find directions and other program information (including our cancellation and refund policy), please visit: http://www.sog.unc.edu/courses/child-support-enforcement

Pre-registration is required and space is limited; the registration deadline is 5:00pm on FRIDAY, JANUARY 5. There is no on-site registration.

 FEE:  The registration fee for private assigned counsel is $160. This fee includes materials, parking, breaks, and lunch.  Thanks to support from IDS, there is no fee for IDS employees.

CREDIT:  The programs will offer six hours each of continuing legal education (CLE) credit, including one hour of ethics/professional responsibility.

HOTEL INFORMATION: A block of rooms is available for Thursday, January 18 at the Holiday Inn Express at a reduced nightly rate of $80.00 plus tax which includes a deluxe hot breakfast and Wi-Fi. To make a reservation online visit https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/chapel-hill/rdufr/hoteldetail or call the hotel directly at 919.489.7555 and mention Group Code CSJ. These rooms are being held on a first-come, first-served basis. The reservation deadline for the block rate is January 1, 2018.

TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT – IDS STATE EMPLOYEES ONLY: Travel reimbursement for IDS state employees is contingent upon state rules and regulations. For all questions regarding travel reimbursement, please contact Elise Wolper—Fiscal Officer at IDS—at 919.354.7200.  Please note travel reimbursement forms must be submitted to IDS Financial Services within 30 days of travel or reimbursement will be denied.

 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: We look forward to seeing you in January.  If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Tanya Jisa, Program Manager,  jisa@sog.unc.edu or 919-843-8981, or Austine Long, Program Attorney, at along@sog.unc.edu or 919.962.9594.