Friday, February 25, 2011

On-Demand Training Now Available!

The Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office is thrilled to announce its new, on-demand training!

The private bar lawyers who take public defender cases will now be able to earn continuing legal education credits to comply with the SPD’s certification requirements by participating in training from their computer—anytime—saving valuable time and expense!

CLE credits to comply with the requirements of SCR Chapter 31 can also be earned by participating in the SPD’s on-demand training. Please do note the Board of Bar Examiners’ specific rules regarding on-demand  programs.

The first on-demand course we have made available is Immigration and Criminal Defense in a Post-Padilla Era. This course has been approved for 4.0 CLE credits.

Also, within the next month or so, we will make certification training available on-demand for the following specialty case types:
  • Involuntary Civil Commitments
  • Probation/Parole/Extended Supervision Revocations
  • Juvenile
The SPD hopes you will find the on-demand training not only informative and instructive but more convenient and cost-effective.

Here are brief instructions to get you started.

Creating a User Account:
2. Click on Create new account (in the “Login” box on the top right of the screen)
3. Fill out the form with your details.
4. An email will be immediately sent to your email address.
5. Read your email, and click on the web link it contains.
6. Your account will be confirmed and you will be logged in.
7. Now, select the course you want to participate in.
8. If you are prompted for an "enrollment key" - use the one that the SPD has given you. This will "enroll" you in the course.
9. You can now access the full course. From now on you will only need to enter your personal username and password to log in and access any course you have enrolled in.

Navigating the Course:
1. Course is divided into a number of sections, including brief videos, PDF documents and short quizzes. It is not necessary to finish the course in one sitting.
2. The videos and PDFs open in a separate window. When finished with a video or PDF, simply close the window to return to the course.
3. The quizzes open within the course itself. When finished with a quiz, click on the course name button in the upper left of the screen or at the bottom of the screen to return to the course.

Continuing Legal Education Credits:
To claim Continuing Legal Education Credits for a course, please mail tuition in the form of a check made payable to “State Public Defenders Office” to:
Phil Mergen
State Public Defender
315 N. Henry St., 2nd Floor
Madison, WI 53703

If you have any questions about the SPD’s on-demand training, please feel free to contact the SPD Training  Division.

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