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 Spring 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



2023 Fall CDTA Graduate Group Photo


2023 Fall Graduates:

 Peter Bennett

Cory Bobeck

Ramona Brandes

Patricia Capone

Hsiu-Lin Chang

Jewel Christensen

Darquise Cloutier

Angela Colauita

Rachel Cortez

Mitchell Crook

Timera Drake

Annabel Goodson

Briggs Helton


Mary Kay High

Rachel Hunt

Britagne Johnson

Shoshana Kehoe-Ehlers

Noach Koven

Chang Liu

David Loebach

Natali Magaña

Hermenegildo Martinez-Swalley

Michael Mattocks

Margaret McGinty

Desmond Naughton

Rebecca Newsom

Christine Olson

Shoshana Paige

Joshua Pazderka

Ruth Rivas

Chelsie Rommel

Gyasi Ross

Tonilynn Savage

Jeri Simmons

Jake Stillwell

Matthew Swisher

Joshua Weistaner

James Womack

Elliott Yug

Previous Graduates