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The Criminal Defense Trial Practice Institute (TPI), May 12-17, 2019

  • Date(s):
    May 12, 2019 - May 17, 2019
  • Location: The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
  • Address: 633 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
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The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia is pleased to present the 2019 Spring Break Criminal Defense Trial Practice Institute (TPI).  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 12 May 17, 2019.  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. 

Please APPLY HERE.  The deadline to submit your application is Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 5 PM.

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