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To register for open seminars and training, click on the registration links below.

To see the remaining proposed seminar and training events, see the tables below the open seminars.

For a full list of all the seminars and training events offered this year, click here.

Upcoming IPDC Seminars

IPDC Legislative & Caselaw Update

August 16, 2019
9:15 AM - 12:30 PM (Local Time)

3 hours CLE credit.

This 3-hour seminar will discuss the 2019 Legislative changes to the criminal code. The presenters will explain the impact these new laws will have on your clients and your practice. IPDC will also present on 2019's case law trends, highlighting ways to litigate your case and preserve your record for appeal.

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Training will take place at the The Curtis Building, 915 Main Street, Evansville, Indiana 47708.

Evidence and Objections Regional

August 22, 2019
12:30 PM - 3:45 PM (Local Time)

3 hours CLE credit.

This workshop will discuss available digital/electronic evidence, how to access it and use it. We will then discuss/practice making the foundation to enter this evidence. Finally, we will discuss/practice objecting to/overcoming objections to digital evidence and preserving your record for appeal.

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Training will take place at the St. Joseph County Courthouse, 101 South Main Street, South Bend, IN 46601.

Cross Examination Training

August 30, 2019
8:00AM - 5:00 PM (Local Time)

6 hours CLE credit.

A day of Cross-Examination with Larry Pozner, the co-author of Cross-Examination: Science and Techniques. Mr. Pozner will explain the principles of advance cross and discuss ways to control the witness with leading questions. He will also discuss using the Chapter Method in conjunction with page preparation and sequencing. Finally, he discuss how to use demonstrative aids and controlling the runaway witness.

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Training will take place at the Indiana Government Center South, Conference Center, 302 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

JTIP - Challenging Juvenile Sex Cases

August 30, 2019
10:00AM - 2:30 PM (Local Time)

4 hours CLE credit.

Cost: FREE for public defenders handling juvenile delinquency cases.

Presented by Jill Johnson and Rachel Roman-Lagunas, Juvenile defenders will gain the knowledge and skills to effectively advocate for youth charged with sexual offenses and address issues unique to a juvenile sex case including: (i) Strategies for interviewing youth clients charged in sex cases; (ii) Conducting effective investigation and seeking discovery; (iii) Developing effective defense theories in juvenile sex cases; (iv) Identifying and addressing special evidentiary and strategic issues associated with juvenile sex cases including youth complaining witnesses; and (v) Raising mitigating factors and planning for disposition in a juvenile sex case, consistent with the client’s stated interests.

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Training will take place at the IPDC Training Room, 309 W. Washington Street, Suite 500, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

IPDC Paula Sites Capital Defense Seminar

September 5-6, 2019
9:00AM - 4:15 PM (Local Time)

12 hours of CLE credit.

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Two-day seminar covering topics such as intellectual disability, mitigation, and plea negotiations. National experts will provide creative and effective ways to tell your client’s story and advocate for your client’s life. The keynote speaker is Monica Foster. This course satisfies the Indiana Public Defender Commission’s educational requirements.

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Hotel accommodations are available at the Marriott downtown, with a special rate for public defenders available by Clicking Here.

A Historical Perspective on Delinquency Law: How did we get here, and where are we going? - Webinar

September 12, 2019
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EST)

1 hour CLE credit - FREE to public defenders.

In the past 120 years, delinquency law has transitioned from being an inseparable component of criminal law, to the parens patriae model, to the evolving blend of paternalism and due process that we know today. This CLE will explore how systemic change has occurred, and introduce ideas for how to induce that systemic change where necessary in the future.

Presenter: Joel Wieneke

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Trial Practice Institute (TPI)

September 16-19, 2019
8:00AM - 2:30 PM (Local Time)

Choose either the TRIAL TRACK or OVWI TRACK. 26 hours of CLE which includes 1 hour of ethics.

Limited to 25 participants.

Join us for this 4-days skills-based, interactive seminar. Bring your own case and we'll help you develop an investigation plan and a Theory of the Case. We'll brainstorm voir dire topics and you'll practice with mock jurors. Learn and practice the chapter method of story-telling cross examination. Learn how to persuasively tell your client's story in opening and closing using story-telling techniques and blocking. You will leave this workshop with new ideas to put into practice and with confidence and inspiration. There is trial track and OVWI track. You will learn the science and methods to litigate OVWI cases in the OVWI track.

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TPR/CHINS Nuts & Bolts Video Replay Evansville

September 20, 2019
9:30AM - 4:30 PM (Local Time)

6 hours CLE credit.

This seminar discusses the trajectory of a T/C case. Gives a great primer on how to use the DCS manual to advocate for your client. Shows how to use Due Process arguments to ensure effective representation. Provides a case update on T/C cases.

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Training will take place at the Evansville Public Library, Central, 200 South East MLK Boulevard, Evansville, IN 47713.

IPDC: JTIP Training, Role of Juvenile Defense Counsel & Disposition Advocacy

September 27, 2019
12:15 PM to 4:30 PM (local time)

This interactive CLE will prepare juvenile defenders to navigate the often challenging and ever changing role of representing children in juvenile court including equipping them with the skills to creatively approach disposition planning and litigation.

The first hour will focus on the juvenile defense attorney’s ethical obligation to represent clients’ expressed interests and ensure that their juvenile clients’ rights are sufficiently protected and advanced throughout the life of the case. Juvenile defenders will learn how case law, Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct, and National Juvenile Defense Standards dictate ethical obligations of juvenile defense counsel.

The remainder of the training will focus on effective advocacy for clients at the disposition hearing, consistent with the clients’ stated interests. Defenders will understand statutory and constitutional law governing disposition; understand the range of disposition options available in their local jurisdictions, and learn to identify and develop creative disposition alternatives. Defenders will explore ways to write compelling memoranda in aid of disposition; and to conduct effective evidentiary disposition hearings, including cross-examination of probation and other government witnesses and presentation of defense witnesses.

Presenters:Jill Johnson, Rachel Roman-Lagunas, & Joel Wieneke.

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If you have questions email the Training Director, Diane Black, or call her at (317) 232-3344

Online registration will open approximately 45 days prior to the seminar.

2019 TENTATIVE IPDC Training Schedule

Date Subject Location Hours
September 24-26 DCS Multi-Disciplinary Training Evansville  
October 3 Mindfulness Workshop Landis Training Center  
October 4 Criminal Rule 26 Summit Indianapolis  
October 8-10 DCS Multi-Disciplinary Training Ft. Wayne  
October 22-24 DCS Multi-Disciplinary Training Crown Point  
November 1 PD Admin Workshop Landis Training Center  
November 15 Juvenile Delinquency or Drug Cases 502 Center 6 Hours CLE
November 19-21 DCS Multi-Disciplinary Training Grant County  
December 6 Human Trafficking IGCS  
December 10-12 DCS Multi-Disciplinary Training Clark County  
December 13 Ethics & Evidence 502 Center 6 Hours CLE
December 13 Forensics Indianapolis  


2019 Tentative IPDC Juvenile Training Schedule (Free for Juvenile PDs)

Date Subject Location Hours
  All are currently open for registration above    


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