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Public Defense Scholarships


NACDL is pleased to offer scholarship assistance for public defense providers to attend Continuing Legal Education programs. The scholarships are awarded in the form of full or partial reimbursement of the registration costs of the excellent training programs offered by NACDL and other national organizations. Limited travel reimbursement stipends may also be awarded to qualifying individuals to help defray the costs of travel and lodging.

Scholarship Instructions and Application:

Application Deadlines: Review of applications for a particular program begins approximately three months prior to the start date of the program. After initial award offers are extended, applications are reviewed and awards made on a rolling basis. Individuals should apply early for the best chance of receiving awards, especially those seeking travel assistance. Applications received less than three weeks prior to the program date will not be considered.


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Upcoming CLE Programs


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This 2nd Annual event, produced in partnership with the National Bar Association Criminal Law & Juvenile Justice Section, is designed to help practitioners identity and confront issues of Racial Bias in our courts, the law enforcement community, by prosecutors, and yes, even the defense team. Attendees will hear from trial lawyers, academics, and formally incarcerated individuals who will offer their personal perspectives, strategies, and ideas on why Race Matters. Participants will leave with both a greater understanding of the issues and innovative tools to apply this knowledge. For more information, click here.

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Mistaken eyewitness identifications and false and coerced confessions are two of the three leading causes of wrongful convictions; according to the Innocence Project's study of 325 exonerations. In many jurisdictions, court rulings on the admissibility of identification evidence lag hopelessly behind science. On the other hand, there are recent breakthroughs in several states. This groundbreaking seminar will offer a full day of training on both of these important issues. For more information, click here.

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