Thursday, September 30, 2010

Private Bar Certification Training: Juvenile and TPR Cases

The SPD will hold private bar specialty certification training for Juvenile cases and Termination of Parental Rights cases on Tuesday, November 2 (the day before the Conference) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Registration and other information about the Juvenile and TPR programs is available at the SPD website.  Also, click on the tab above.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Conference registration is now open!

State Public Defender's 2010 Annual Criminal Defense Conference
Holistic Criminal Defense: From Treatment to Trial
Wednesday, November 3 & Thursday, November 4, 2010
Hyatt Regency - Milwaukee, WI

Monday, September 20, 2010

Find us on Facebook & Twitter for a chance to win!

The Wisconsin State Public Defender now has a more powerful way for you to connect with us. We're now on Facebook and Twitter and we invite you to join us. 

As a “friend” of the Wisconsin State Public Defender on Facebook or a “follower” on Twitter, you can learn about upcoming training events (including events sponsored by other organizations); view pictures and video from training events; and learn about CLE credit approvals.  You’ll also connect with a community of people who support our mission to promote justice throughout Wisconsin by providing high-quality and compassionate legal services, protecting individual rights, and advocating as a criminal justice partner for effective defender services and a fair and rational criminal justice system.

Become a friend by clicking “Like” on our Facebook page or become a follower on Twitter, and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win $50 off of your 2010 SPD Conference registration!  The drawing will be held on October 13.  (If you are already a friend or a follower, your name will be entered as well)

Thank you!

Mark you calendar for our 2010 Annual Criminal Defense Conference: Wednesday, November 3 – Thursday, November 4, 2010!  Register now!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Digital Scavenger Hunt

With our Annual Criminal Defense Conference just over a month away, we thought that we would offer you the chance to “win” a registration discount.  We have created a digital scavenger hunt that we hope is fun, while allowing you to become more familiar with SPD’s web presence.  The first 10 people to answer all of the questions correctly will receive $30 off of their Conference tuition!

First, answer the question.  Second, list where you found the answer (copy & paste the web address).  Hint: answers may be found at more than one location.  When you have all of the answers, simply send your responses in an email to Phil Mergen:

  1. How many CLE credits was the 2007 Trial Skills Academy approved for?
  2. Who presented “The Keys to Success in Communicating with Difficult Clients” at the 2008 Annual Conference?
  3. What was the first line spoken by attorney Craig Johnson in Part 2: Positive Adjustment Time of his “Recent Legislative Changes Affecting Criminal Defense Practice” video?
  4. What was the title of attorney Vincent Rust’s presentation at the 2010 Handling a Misdemeanor Case from A to Z program?
  5. During our 2010 Leadership Academy, which presentation was attended by a cardboard cut-out of Mother Theresa?
  6. In our picture of Dr. Michael Caldwell’s “Juvenile Issues” presentation from the 2010 Chapter 980 Conference, what is the three-word headline on the screen behind him?
  7. In what locations and on what three dates did we hold our Principled Negotiations for Lasting Solutions program?
  8. What famous Harper Lee character makes an appearance on our Blog?

List of websites to use:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Conference registration is now open!

State Public Defender's 2010 Annual Criminal Defense Conference
Holistic Criminal Defense: From Treatment to Trial
Wednesday, November 3 & Thursday, November 4, 2010
Hyatt Regency - Milwaukee, WI
Agenda         Registration Information         Registration Form

Monday, September 13, 2010

More Programming Announced!

  • Firearms Evidence: The Science, the History of Firearms Exams, the NAS Report, the Law - Jason Tully, Public Defender Services for the District of Columbia
  • Cross-Examining Firearms Experts
  • It's Not Infallible: Challenging Fingerprint Evidence - Simon Cole, University of California
  • DNA Evidence
  • Forensic Science and Junk Science: What's the Difference?
  • Smartphone and Mobile Device Forensics
  • Using the Latest Developments in Evidence Based Practice to Keep our Clients out of Custody
  • Update on the OWI Law
  • The Wisconsin Indian Child Welfare Act

Thursday, September 2, 2010

"Holistic Criminal Defense: From Treatment to Trial"

This will be the theme of our upcoming Annual Criminal Defense Conference. This year's program will feature:

  • Best Practices in Drug Courts with Dr. Doug Marlowe
  • How Drug Treatment Courts Should Operate and the Role of the Defense with Honorable Judge Glade F. Roper
  • Holistic Defense with the Bronx Defenders
  • Panel of Drug Court Graduates
  • Immigration and Criminal Defense in the Post-Padilla Era
  • Trying an OWI Case from A to Z
  • U.S. Supreme Court Review
and much more...

Complete registration materials will be posted to our website in the coming weeks.