Professor F. Thomas Schornhorst speaks at the Spring 2007 Conference

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The Division of Public Defender Training within the Office of State Public Defender provides a means for state, county and municipal public defenders to receive the required 12 hours of continuing legal education per year, including ethics. Monies collected from various fines are credited to the Public Defenders Education Fund and are appropriated by the Legislature each year for public defender training. Please visit our Training and Events Area for information regarding Conferences. The MOIA, Training Division also provides services to public defenders by offering continuing legal education programs and case law and legislative updates.

Mississippi Public Defenders Association (MPDA)

The Mississippi Public Defenders Association is a non-profit organization which provides support to public defenders in the state. The MPDA provides services to members by offering legislative updates, networking and brainstorming opportunities for trial preparation, model jury instructions, appellate brief guides, and the support of a group of attorneys committed to seeking justice through the protection of the constitutional rights of all persons charged with a crime in the state courts of Mississippi.

Directory of MS Public Defenders

A directory of Mississippi Public Defenders has and is being compiled by the Division of Public Defender Training. If you are a public defender in Mississippi, please send your name, address, phone number and any other information to This will ensure that you are included in the directory and will receive training announcements.

Public Defenders ListServer

The Public Defenders ListServer is an email service provided through the MS Bar wherein public defenders can share information and ideas as well as to receive regular training updates. You can subscribe to this list through the Bar by clicking here. The name of the list is "PublicDefenders".

Upcoming Public Defender Training Events

Pictures from the Fall 2010 Public Defenders Conference

October 27-29, 2010

Sam's Town

Tunica, MS

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Youth Court Defender's Conference

September 15-16, 2011

The King Edward Hotel

Jackson, MS

Click here for the Registration Form.

Click here for a tentative agenda.

Fall 2011 Public Defenders Conference

October 26-28, 2011

Golden Moon Hotel and Casino

Pearl River Resort

Choctaw, MS

Click here for the Registration Form.

Click here for a tentative agenda.

Information on Weapons Training.

Spring 2012 Public Defenders Conference

April 25-27, 2012

Beau Rivage Resort and Casino

Biloxi, MS