Education and Training
WDA sponsors education and training programs related to indigent defense. Tuition to all WDA CLEs is free with WDA membership. If you are a WDA member and do not yet have an username and password to log on and watch past programs for A/V credit, click here to request one.
You can find a complete list of upcoming programs on the right hand side bar or by following this link.
WDA stores recordings and materials from past programs for viewing for A/V CLE credit and for research. You may also search for a CLE topic using the "search site" tab in the upper-right corner of this page.
Click here to watch video of some of our most recent in-person programs:
- Felony Sentencing: Achieving Results after a Conviction (11.9.12)
- The Nuts and Bolts of Cross Examination (10.5.2012)
- Storytelling and Statistics: Achieving Justice for Our Defender and Civil Legal Aid Clients (6.22.12)
- WDA's 2012 Defender Conference (4.27 & 4.28.12)
- Ethics 2011: Race and the Criminal Justice System (12.16.11)
About WDA's In-Person Trainings
Every year, WDA holds an annual conference in early spring, which provides an opportunity for defenders throughout the state to meet one another and is designed for attorneys at all levels of experience to improve their practice.
Each December, WDA sponsors a six-hour ethics seminar, designed to meet the three-year requirement for ethics credits.
WDA sponsors many other in-person training programs throughout the state, all of which can be found on the Upcoming Events page. Please contact us if you are interested in seeing WDA sponsor a particular type of program or if you are interested in participating in planning one.
About WDA's Webinar Trainings
In addition to in-person programs, WDA sponsors web-based presentations. WDA generally holds two of these seminars a month. These are generally an hour long and are typically held on Fridays at lunchtime.
A Model for Reducing Recidivism: The San Francisco Public Defender and Reentry Council’s Success
This two-part program on the efforts of the San Francisco Public Defender and the San Francisco community on improving re-entry for persons upon completion of their jail sentences is available to the general public. The recordings do not require a WDA membership to view.