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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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The three essential tools we use to influence juries and judges on behalf of our clients and protect them from injustice are storytelling, communication, and persuasion. This groundbreaking NACDL seminar will teach you how to ethically advocate on behalf of your client with proven communication strategies when relating to witnesses, experts, judges, and prosecutors, and persuading jurors of your theory of defense. Join your international NACDL colleagues in historic Philadelphia this summer to improve your communication skills so you can ring Liberty’s bell for your future clients. For more information, click here.

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Making the Case for Life is designed to help capital defenders, investigators, and mitigation specialists. You will hear cutting-edge presentations regarding pretrial investigations, capital jury selection, new perspectives on discovering the story of the client and mitigation evidence. If you are handling or may handle a case in which your client is facing the death penalty, then this is a must-attend seminar for you. For more information, click here.

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