Providing zealous, effective, ethical representation

to indigent people accused of crimes.





NITA: Remote Advocacy: Representing Your Client During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Juvenile Defenders Dismantling Racism and CPCS Training Department: Commonwealth v. Evelyn - Issues in Raising Race through Expert Testimony 

A discussion with trial counsel - Janice Bassil, Bassil & Budreau and appellate counsel - Hayne Barnwell, Attorney at Law  

New CPD Webinar Series #3: New CPD Webinar Series Part 3: The State & County Contract Budget, Jason Ring, Senior Accountant, GPDC, Tracey Raindrop, Budget Analyst III, GPDC

  • February 25, 2021, 2 PM - 3:30 PM

NACDL: Defending Drug Overdose Homicide Cases

Free 4-week training program. Each week's program will focus on a different aspect of these cases, with the program being aired live on Thursdays and a video replay of the program being available for on-demand viewing soon after.

  • Week 1: Charges and Defenses
  • Week 2: Digital Evidence
  • Week 3: Forensic Chemistry, Toxicology, and Pathology
  • Week 4: Trial and Sentencing Strategies 

Click here for more information and to register.

Case Law Update, Michael Tarleton, Appellate Manager of the Appellate Division

Juvenile Defender Series: Keeping Kids in Juvenile Court, Rachel Gordon (Stone Mountain Circuit), Nicki Vaugh (Northeastern Circuit), Gene Parris (Northeastern Circuit)

  • March 9, 2021, 2 - 3:30 PM ET
  • This will be an overview of SB 440 including best practices, mitigation, and litigation strategies for keeping kids in juvenile court. This webinar is designed for all levels of juvenile defenders.
  • Click here to register.

Accountability/Specialty Court Public Defender Meetup

NAPD Virtual Conference: We the Defenders: Rise, Resist, Represent

Designed for all staff and attorneys! Succeeding in the Intergenerational Workplace, Jeffrey Vargas, President and CEO, Generationology LLC, and Rosemary Hollinger, Partner Up LLC

11 Objections You Should Be Making Right Now, The Office of the Appellate Defender

ADHD and You, Rosemary Hollinger, Partner Up LLC


Contact Professional Development

Trish McCann Bertram
Professional Development Director

Sarah Grace Alexander
Professional Development and Recruitment Coordinator


CLE Credit Information for Seminars

GPDC will submit the names and bar numbers of all attendees to the State Bar after seminar attendance. GPDC does not pay for your CLE credit; you are responsible for paying for any CLE credit that you wish to receive. Each CLE credit is $5 per hour plus an additional $15 for any/each professionalism hour. Once GPDC has certified your attendance to the bar, you may send a check to the State Bar for the CLE credit that you need, OR pay online at Checks should be made out to “CCLC” and sent to: Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency, 104 Marietta Street, NW, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30303. Make sure to include the seminar name, date(s), your name and bar number with the check. You can also check the status of your CLE credits at the State Bar’s website,


CLE Information for Previous Trainings