The 5th Annual UCLA School of Law Public Defense Training Day

January 26, 2020 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM

This training is free for all law students at schools throughout Southern California interested in developing trial advocacy skills specifically related to criminal defense. This year's training will be focused on client interviewing skills and cross examination skills for preliminary hearings. All law students who participate will be paired with skilled public defenders so that they can receive individualized feedback in a small group setting. During this training students will:
  • Attend a morning session led by David Sutton, Federal Public Defender Central District of California
  • Learn trial advocacy skills during intensive skills-building workshops on preliminary hearings
  • Practice client interviewing and cross-examination of witnesses at preliminary hearings while receiving feedback in small group settings from skilled public defenders
  • Network with practicing public defenders and aspiring public defenders from Southern and Central California
All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend this practice-based training day! Breakfast and lunch will be provided and a happy hour will follow in Shapiro Courtyard. 

Participating public defender's offices in the past have included: Los Angeles County, Monterey County, Ventura County, Kern County, Orange County, and the Federal Defenders.

Students who wish to participate should RSVP here as soon as possible. Spots are limited. Please contact organizers at with any questions.  

This event is organized by UCLA School of Law's Criminal Justice Society and co-sponsored by UCLA School of Law's Career Services, Criminal Justice Program, Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, and Prison Law and Policy Program.