Criminal Defense Training Academy

2023 Criminal Defense Training Academy

OPD's Criminal Defense Training Academy was designed to strengthen public defenders by providing fundamental skills development in an interactive, supportive learning environment. Each year's class is comprised of attorneys from various corners of the state, most of whom have two or fewer years of public defense experience. Using a variety of educational methods, participants learn, develop, and apply client-centered defense advocacy skills.

To graduate from the Academy, participants must attend five days of training. All class sessions include a combination of lecture and small group exercises.

2023 Graduates:

Shawn Plascencia

Rebecca Dellicker

Michael Paik

Charles Dow

Tyler Ashby

Natalie Feeney

Meredith D'Auteuil

Gloria Backus

Emily Stratmeyer

Elissa Furlong

Abby Hogan

Keith Kinzebach

Celia L. R. Lesh

Devin Higgins

Stephanie Vick

Sabina Ambartsumyan

Reed Manugian Clarridge

Krista Huff

James Keffeler

Taylor J. Wilder

Daniel Blue

Taylor James Reid

Caitlin Earnest

Nicholas Holce

Melissa London

Amro Abueloun

Abraham Banda

Anna Burica

Elizabeth Douglass

Spencer Christian Satin

Elizabeth Gagley

Abigael Pence

Kristen Bishopp

Charles Vasicek

Previous Graduates