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On March 18, 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court granted that criminal defendants have the right to a state-appointed attorney if they are unable to afford one themselves. This Sixth Amendment right was found to be constitutionally justified for criminal defendants through the Fourteenth Amendment. Because of this landmark decision, March 18 marks National Public Defender Day.

Webinar: Human Trafficking Data: Using Local Data to Better Understand Trafficking in Your Community

Join the Office for Victims of Crime, Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center for their upcoming Ask an Expert series webinar “Human Trafficking Data: Using Local Data to Better Understand Trafficking in Your Community” on March 31, 2020 at 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET. This webinar will feature three panelists who will discuss topics related to data collection and application to better understand human trafficking in a specific community and answer participants’ questions. Marie Israelite, director of victim services at the Human Trafficking Institute, will moderate the discussion.

NACDL Free Live Webinar: "Race + Criminal Legal System: Public Defense"

Join the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) for their free, live webinar “Race + Criminal Legal System: Public Defense” on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 4:00–5:30 p.m. ET. NACDL is partnering with the Black Public Defender Association to examine the role of race in our nation’s public defense systems. This 90-minute moderated discussion will examine the roles of race, power, and engagement in the attorney-client relationship.

Moderator: Travis County Chief Public Defender Adeola Ogunkeyede

Wellness Program Implementation Series (Part 6): Components of a Wellness Program: Assessment

Join the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) for their webinar “Wellness Program Implementation Series (Part 6): Components of a Wellness Program: Assessment” on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 3:00–4:30 p.m. ET. This webinar is part four of the six-part series focused on how to implement a wellness program at your agency.

Using Web-Based Tools to Improve Police and Community Responses to People with Behavioral Health Needs

Join the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, for their webinar “Using Web-Based Tools to Improve Police and Community Responses to People with Behavioral Health Needs” on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 3:00–4:30 p.m. ET.

Becoming Trauma Informed and Moving to Trauma Responsive (Part 2 of 3)

Join the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program for their webinar “Becoming Trauma Informed and Moving to Trauma Responsive” on Wednesday, March 31 at 2:00–3:15 p.m. ET. Part two of a three-part series, this webinar will address ways that correctional and behavioral health professionals can address the complex issue of trauma in a way that moves from trauma informed to trauma responsive.

As part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA’s) Upholding the Rule of Law and Preventing Wrongful Convictions (URLPWC) Program, the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School’s Quattrone Center hosts webinars with subject matter experts on topics related to post-conviction innocence investigation and litigation.

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