Training

Ongoing training of New Jersey Office of the Public Defender (NJOPD) employees helps ensure quality services to its clients.  Training is an integral part of the approach the NJOPD takes to providing the best possible representation of clients.  The NJOPD is a Certified Provider of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits by both the State of New Jersey and the State of Pennsylvania.  Through reciprocity with Pennsylvania, attorneys may also satisfy CLE requirements for other jurisdictions such as New York. In-house CLE training by the NJOPD is free of cost to attendees and covers both traditional and emerging topics in the legal profession and skills training for both staff and, when space permits, pool attorneys. Training is also formalized for NJOPD investigators and formalized ongoing training for clerical workers is being developed.

Much of the training takes place at the Hughes Justice Complex, where the NJOPD headquarters is located.  However, training can also occur at the regional and local levels.

Training for the OPD is overseen by Director of Training Jennifer Sellitti.  For information on NJOPD training, please contact Ms. Sellitti at jennifer.sellitti@opd.nj.gov