The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia Presents the 2018 Criminal Defense Trial Practice Institute

The Criminal Defense Trial Practice Institute, May 14-18, 2018. 

  • Date(s): May 14, 2018 – May 18, 2018
  • Location: Moot Courtroom
  • Address: 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004
  • Contact: Jennifer Thomas
  • Email:
  • Last Date To Register: March 01, 2018

The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia is pleased to present the 2018 Criminal Defense Trial Practice Institute (Institute).  The Institute seeks to help students cultivate effective trial advocacy skills and explore indigent criminal defense work.  The program consists of a week of workshops on how to conduct opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, and closing arguments.  In addition, students will learn how to develop theories of defense, master the rules of evidence, and impeach witnesses at trial.  At the end of the program, students will participate in full-length mock trials presided over by District of Columbia Superior Court judges.

The Institute is designed to support law students from traditionally underrepresented minority groups, students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, and/or students from law schools that lack criminal defense and trial advocacy training opportunities.

The Institute will be held May 14 – May 18, 2018.  Each student is expected to commit to participating in the entire program, which also includes daily evening sessions.  The program is free of charge to students, although students are expected to provide their own transportation and lodging.

To apply, please CLICK HERE and complete the required fields.  As part of your application, describe your criminal defense interest and trial advocacy experience in less than two pages, and attach a copy of your current resume. Please upload your essay and resume in PDF format under the ‘attachments’ tab. All applications must be submitted by March 1, 2018.

If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email. You can also visit the website.