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Final Reminder to Register for 2018 Felony Defender Training

Registration for the 2018 Felony Defender Training scheduled for February 14-16, is available at This training is co-sponsored by the UNC School of Government and the Office of Indigent Defense Services.  The agenda is posted on the course webpage.

Program: This program is for attorneys who are new to handling felony cases. Topics will include discovery and investigation, suppression and other superior court motions, lab reports, preserving the record, jury instructions, sentencing, and trial skills— including conducting voir dire —necessary to handle felony cases from start to finish. The program is comprised of plenary sessions and intensive small group workshops.

Participants: The Felony Defender Training is open to public defenders and private attorneys who perform a significant amount of appointed work. The program is geared toward attorneys who are new to representing defendants charged with felonies in superior court. Attendance is limited to 48 participants in light of the intensive small group work.

LOCATION, DATES, & TIMES: This training will be held at the School of Government on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus February 14-16, 2018.  Check-in is from 9:15 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday.  The training ends at 12:45 p.m. on Friday. Lunch will be provided Wednesday and Thursday as well as light snacks and refreshments during most breaks.

REGISTRATION: We are currently at capacity for Private Assigned Counsel, Contract Attorneys, and other non-IDS employees, however there is a waiting list should additional space become available.  You will only be notified of space becoming available if you are on the waiting list.  To be placed on the waiting list, please send your name and phone number to Tanya Jisa at

IDS employees may still register online, as well as to find directions, hotel information, and other program details—including our cancellation and refund policy—by visiting Space is limited and preregistration is required; the registration deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please plan on attending all sessions.

Note that our registration system requires one unique email address per profile created, so each person who plans to attend must register separately using an individual email address. As we correspond with participants primarily through email, please ensure that your email address is current if you are a returning customer.

FEE: The registration fee for private assigned counsel is $415, which includes all materials, parking, breaks, and lunches. Thanks to support from IDS, there is no fee for IDS state employees.

Credit & Certification: The program offers 15.5 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credit, including 1 hour of ethics/professional responsibility, 1 hour of mental health/substance abuse, and qualifies for NC State Bar criminal law specialization credit.

Hotel Information: A block of rooms had been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express Chapel Hill, however the deadline for the reduced rate has passed. To reserve a room online at the standard rate, please visit or call the hotel directly at 919.489.7555.

TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT—IDS STATE EMPLOYEES ONLY: Travel reimbursement for IDS state employees is contingent upon state rules and regulations. For all questions regarding travel reimbursement, please contact Elisa Wolper, Fiscal Officer at IDS, at 919.354.7200. Please note that travel reimbursement forms must be submitted to IDS Financial Services within 30 days of travel or reimbursement will be denied.

Additional Information: We look forward to seeing you in February.  If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Tanya Jisa at / 919.843.8981 or Phil Dixon—Defender Educator—at / 919.966.4248.

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