Training Opportunities
RCW 10.101.050 and relevant portions of the Washington Public Defense Standards require that all Public Defenders attend at least seven hours of Continuing Legal Education ("CLE") in topics related to their public defense practice.

As part of its on-going commitment to the quality of public defense services it provides to its clients, Benton County OPD frequently offers no-cost CLE seminars to public defenders.  Dates and details for upcoming seminars are always posted on this page.


BCOPD-Presented CLEs (Upcoming)


BCOPD-Presented CLEs (Past)

OPD Fall 2016 CLE Program - Negotiation Skills, Arson and Fire Forensics, Perspectives from the In-custody Arraignment Team, and a new DUI alternative
September 16, 2016 (10:00 - 3:00) Benton County Health Department Training Room

OPD Fall 2015 CLE Program - Innocence Project, Audio Forensics, DUI Defense, Immigration, Juvenile Dependency Cases and Conflicts of Interest (Ethics credit pending)
October 9, 2015 (8:30 - 4:00) Benton County Health Department Training Room

OPD Summer 2015 CLE Program - Mental Health, the Draeger Breath Test Machine, and Immigration
July 10, 2015 (8:30 am - 12:00 noon) Benton County Health Department Training Room

Mental Health First Aid (presented by Benton County District Court)
September 21, 2015 (all day) Benton County Health Department Training Room

OPD Summer 2013 Trial Advocacy Clinic (this program has already occurred)
July 26, 2013 (all day) Benton County Health Department Training Room and Benton County Superior Courtroom C

OPD Fall 2013 CLE Program - "Crime Scene Forensics and Mental Health" (this program has already occurred)

November 8, 2013 (10 AM - 2 PM) Benton County Health Department Training Room


OPD Spring 2014 CLE Program - "Effective Defense, Legal Update and Immigration Law" (this program has already occurred)
April 11, 2014 (9 AM - 1 PM) Benton County Health Department Training Room
Course materials: 
Special Report on Wilbur v. Mt. Vernon;
"Standing in the Gap" - Defending LFOs

OPD Summer 2014 CLE Program - "Driver License Suspensions, Strategies for Difficult Clients, Digital Forensics and DOC's FOSA Program (this program has already occurred - contact BCOPD for access to a video play-back of the seminar for CLE credit)
July 11, 2014 (8:30 AM - 2:00 PM) Benton County Health Department Training Room
Approved for
5.5 general, live CLE credits (actual maximum of 4.75 credits due to scheduling change)
Final Agenda

OPD Fall 2014 CLE Program - "Mental Health/RCW 10.77 Evaluations, Overcoming Emotional Hurdles and Costs of Being Responsible for Other People's Lives, Mt Vernon Case Part 2: Tracking Important Metrics)
October 31, 2014 (10:00 AM - 3:30 PM)  **Please note that the last session of the day, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, is on best practices for working with Eastern State Hospital for competency evaluations, and is open to prosecutors and judges as well as public defenders**
Approved for 4.5 General, Live CLE Credits
Agenda as Submitted for CLE approval

OPD 2014 Trial Advocacy Clinic - Presented on December 19, 2014.
Approved for 7.5 Live CLE Credits including 1.0 Ethics Credits

OPD Spring 2015 CLE Program - "Immigration Update, Public Defense Improvement and Weighting System"
March 27, 2015 (9 AM - 2 PM) Benton County Health Department Training Room
Program Agenda


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