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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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Shattering the Shackles of Collateral Consequences: Exploring Moral Principles and Economic Innovations to Restore Rights and Opportunity will examine the destructive effect that a vast network of penalties, debarments, and disabilities that arise from a criminal conviction has on the millions who have contact with the criminal justice system. It will also explore the disparate impact that these consequences have on communities of color. At the same time, the Summit will highlight the ground-breaking work that is helping people break free from these shackles, and provide a roadmap for national reform. For more information, click here.


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Making the Case for Life is designed to help capital defenders identify and confront issues of racial bias in the courts, the law enforcement community, by prosecutors, and even within the defense team to be effective advocates for their clients. Participants will not only leave this program equipped with the tools to confront and attack racial bias in death penalty cases, but they will also hear cutting-edge presentations regarding pretrial investigations, new perspectives on discovering the story of the client and mitigation evidence. For more information, click here.


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If you are serious about being an effective DUI defense advocate, or if you’re considering adding DUI defenses to your firm’s portfolio, you need to know the latest scientific and legal strategies to optimize your success at trial. Learn from the best-of-the-best, and take advantage of the unique opportunity to network and establish a reciprocal referral base. This one-of-a-kind CLE program is held in the mornings only, and consists of one day of general session presentations, a second day of split tracks allowing you to select your area of focus or interest, and a third with your choice of multiple workshops focused learning in the areas you need the most help. For more information, click here.


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The numbers of drug crime prosecutions are dramatically increasing as the federal government now partners with local and state agencies.Leading criminal defense practitioners are eager to share their expertise with you - learn innovative pre-trial motions, voir dire strategies, techniques for crossing snitches, how to ethically manage clients, and much more. This seminar will provide you with a better understanding of modern drug cases and help you effectively represent your clients before, during, and after trial. This one-of-a-kind CLE program is held in the afternoons only - improve your arsenal of necessary tools to win your next drug case! For more information, click here.


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