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


NAPD: Be Well Wednesdays

  • Wednesdays, 3:10 - 4 PM ET
  • Everyone working in public defense is invited. Drop in for any session. Stay for all or part of the session. Always free. 
  • No registration required. Zoom Link  Meeting ID: 301 833 3193, Passcode: BeWellPD 


State Bar of Georgia Committee on Professionalism: Professionalism in a Pandemic Era


NACDL FREE LIVE Webinar: Race + Criminal Legal System, Professor Angela J. Davis (moderator), Distinguished Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law; Akhi Johnson, Acting Director, Reshaping Prosecution, Vera Institute of Justice; and Wesley Caines, Chief of Staff at The Bronx Defenders

  • September 22, 2021, 4 PM
  • NACDL is partnering with Fair & Just Prosecution to host Race + Prosecution, a discussion exploring how prosecutorial decision-making contributes to racial disparities in the criminal legal system and looking at ways to center racial equity in prosecutorial reform efforts.
  • Click here to register.


NAPD Women's Virtual Conference

Thursday, September 23 - Saturday, September 25, 2021

Click here for single ticket registrations. Group registrations can be completed here. Click here to complete a scholarship application.

  • Early Bird Pricing before July  15th - $50
  • July 15th-September 1st - $75
  • After September 1st - $100


The Judicial Council of Georgia/Administrative Office of the Court: Parent Attorney Case Law Update CLE: The Socratic Method, Amber Walden

  • September 24, 2021, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM ET
  • The training will be free of charge to the participants and will be presented in a hybrid format. The structure of this training has been designed to promote discussion of the impact of pivotal Georgia Court of Appeals and Supreme Court rulings on dependency cases in the new era of substance abuse, mental health, and poverty. We will discuss cases relating to Preliminary Protective Hearings, Adjudicatory Hearings, Continued Dependency, TPRs, insufficiency of Court Orders, Guardianships and Custody issues. We will review the facts of each case and dissect the Courts’ analyses and rulings. This training will be relevant and useful for new and seasoned attorneys alike.
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GPDC: Drivers License Law Update, Department of Drivers Services


Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism: Professionalism After the Statewide Judicial Emergency Order

  • September 28, 2021, 11 AM - 2 PM ET
  • The Commission will apply for 3 general CLE hours, including 1 professionalism hour and 1 trial hour.
  • During the CLE lawyers and judges will discuss possible changes to the court rules and the Georgia Code that will help the legal profession to maintain some of the best practices learned as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Attorneys wil also offer some professionalism practice tips as we continue to navigate the pandemic after the termination of the Statewide Judicial Emergency Order. 
  • The Honorable T. Russell McClelland, Vice-Chair of the Judicial Council COVID-19 Task Force; Chair of the Task Force’s Civil Sub-Committee; Chief Judge, State Court of Forsyth County; and Past President of the Council of State Court Judges is a program co-chair and a confirmed speaker. Ms. Elizabeth Fite, President of the State Bar of Georgia and member of the Judicial COVID-19 task force is also a program co-chair. Ms. Rebecca Grist, Solicitor General for Macon-Bibb County is the Mistress of Ceremonies. Chief Justice David E. Nahmias will bring closing remarks on professionalism. Additional speakers will be announced.
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NAPD: THC/Cannabis - Recognizing Impairment, Ed Barley

With the legalization of marijuana and the recent innovations in the delivery and ingestion of Cannabis in both psychoactive and non-psychoactive forms, there has been a surge of Cannabis related cases in the criminal arena. This presentation is designed to educate attorneys and investigators on how to challenge the DRE process and how it applies when Cannabis is the drug perceived to be resulting in impairment.


National Center for State Courts: Remote-First & Remote-Friendly Rules . . . Rule!

About a year ago, CCJ and COSCA adopted a set of guiding principles for post-pandemic court technology that called for courts “to adopt a remote-first or remote-friendly approach . . . when moving court processes forward.” A new scan by the RRT’s Technology Work Group and the Remote and Virtual Hearings Implementation Lab reveals where many courts are adapting rules for remote proceedings and what those rules look like. Join us for a live webinar and high-energy discussion on where such rules have been adopted, and how concerns about the digital divide, public access, and participant safety are being addressed. Speakers will also spotlight how their courts wrote guidelines to uphold virtual courtroom decorum and rules for making the record in a virtual environment.


NAPD: Use of Delphi Method in ABA SCLAID Public Defense Workload Series, Stephen Hanlon


GPDC: Negotiations in Plea Bargaining, Parag Shah, Attorney, Author & Mediator, Shah Law Firm

  • October 14, 2021, 12:30 PM ET
  • In this webinar, participants will learn the theories and concepts on how people make decisions and how to utilize that understanding to negotiate better outcomes in their cases.
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GPDC: Responding to Bar Complaints, Bryan Grantham, Partner, Hawkins Parnell & Young, LLP


Health in Justice Action Lab at Northeastern University: Drug-Induced Homicide Defense Toolkit

  • October 20, 2021, 1:30 - 2:30 PM ET
  • Speakers: Leo Beletsky, Health in Justice Action Lab; Jeremiah Goulka, Health in Justice Action Lab; Reyna Ramirez, J. W. Carney, Jr. & Associates; Alex Kreit, Northern Kentucky University; Salmon P. Chase College of Law; Valena Beety, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
  • The Toolkit is a free informational guide for defense counsel representing defendants charged with drug-induced homicide, drug delivery resulting in death, or similar crimes resulting from overdoses. The Toolkit provides readers with: potential defenses, case law and secondary sources, possible sentence mitigation strategies, constitutional, statutory, and public policy issues to raise, and advocacy strategies.
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GPDC: Assessment, Intervention and Placement of Sexually Harmful Youth, Department of Juvenile Justice


GPDC: Abusive Head Trauma: What We Know About Shaken Baby Syndrome, Godoy Medical Forensics, Inc.

  • November 2, 2021, 12:30 PM ET
  • This presentation is applicable for anyone involved in abusive head trauma or child abuse cases. Attendees will learn about abusive head trauma, related injuries, and mimics.
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GPDC: Alleged Injuries, Jennifer Grossman, RN, BSN, LNC, Executive Director, Nurses for Social Justice

Criminal cases often involve injuries, and whether the injured party is your client or the CW, at times you need an expert to help explain the injuries. This lecture will cover the most common injuries seen in assault cases including simple abrasions and lacerations, broken bones, brain injuries, stabbings and gunshot wounds. A short discussion of strangulation and the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) will be included in this presentation.

We will medically define injuries and explain how those injuries are normally treated (sutures versus staples versus glues) as well as discuss the most common types of surgeries seen in criminal cases as well as some of the specialty medical apparatus such as chest tubes.

By the end of the presentation, attorneys will have gained a greater understanding of typical assault injuries, how to determine their severity as well as if documentation has been appropriate.


GPDC: Motions to Suppress, Matt Leipold, Assistant Public Defender, Northeastern Circuit

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