OPD offers multiple training programs during Thanksgiving Week
Training opportunities characterized Thanksgiving Week at the Public Defender's Office. In addition to several programs at HQ, a number of regional offices conducted in house CLE training. Special thanks to Assistant Public Defender Leah Morris for her ongoing work as Director of Training.
Voters approve constitutional amendment to facilitate bail reform
NJ voters approved the constitutional amendment necessary to make the transition from a money based to a risk based system of pretrial release. The recently passed legislation can now be implemented.
Training program for new attorneys draws rave reviews
Last week's new format for Essential Skills Training for new attorneys seems to have been well-received by those who attended. We also received some good feedback on ways we can improve the program in the future.
OPD participates in Equal Justice Works Job Fair in Washington DC
Public Defender Krakora and Deputy Public Defender Joe Russo interviewed approximately 30 candidates for employment at the Equal Justice Works Job Fair in Washington DC this past weekend. They interviewed over 30 candidates screened from over 500 resumes.
Special thanks to Deputy Public Defender Joe Russo
Not only did Joe volunteer to help PD Krakora with the interviews in Washington on Friday but he handled a number of additional interviews on Saturday. Due to a scheduling error, he had to go above and beyond to conduct a number of extra interviews.
OPR conducts all day training program for trial and appellate attorneys
The Office of Parental Representation conducted an all day training program on October 16 for both staff and pool attorneys covering a wide range of important issues in child welfare cases.
New Essential Skills Training for Juvenile Attorneys to begin October 1
OPD is introducing its new training program for juvenile attorneys on October 1. The program will consist of 5 sessions between now and June, 2015.
OPD to introduce new format for Essential Skills Training Program
For the first time, the OPD will conduct the Essential Skills Program for new attorneys in the trial regions during four consecutive days beginning October 28. This intensive program format will feature the top presenters in the agency.
Appellate Section has extremely successful summer
Our Appellate Section won approximately 25 reversals between May and the end of August. Excellent work by both staff and pool attorneys.
Gov. Christie signs bail reform legislation
Gov. Chrisitie has signed the legislation setting up a vote this November on the constitutional amendment needed to implement a risk based pretrial release system that moves away from the setting of money bail.
Supreme Court upholds reversal of conviction in the rap lyrics case
The NJ Supreme Court ruled that the trial judge erroneously admitted violent lyrics from a rap song written by the defendant and therefore upheld the reversal of his conviction. ADPD Jason Coe successfully argued the case on behalf of Vonte Skinner.
Bail reform legislation passes the Senate and the Assembly
Governor Christie will sign legislation on Monday designed to overhaul the bail system from a money based to a risk based one. Hopefully, this will mean that our clients will not sit in jail simply because they cannot make even minimal bails.
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