Faubush Public Defender Institute

The Department of Public Advocacy provides one of the nation’s best litigation advocacy institutes.

Litigation Practice Institute

The Institute provides an immersive hands-on litigation skills workshop to attorneys with the Department of Public Advocacy. During this 5 1/2 day Institute, students learn by doing, working through a case from brainstorming through closing argument, guided by coaches from across the nation to be a part of this leading practice institute. 
Students practice and receive constructive feedback on the following litigation skills: 

  • Brainstorming
  • Theory and Themes
  • Voir Dire
  • Opening Statement
  • Direct Examination
  • Cross Examination
  • Admitting Evidence
  • Impeachment
  • Closing Argument

Questions about the Litigation Practice Institute? Email Melanie Foote

Basics of Criminal Defense Investigation Institute

The Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy offers an opportunity to participate in one of the most complete and comprehensive courses for criminal defense investigators in the country, open to criminal defense investigators as well as attorneys who want to work more effectively with investigators. Participants can attend as teams (an investigator and an attorney) or individually – we will match individuals up with another participant for the week.  On a beautiful Autumn day, a murder has been committed at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Education Center nestled next to Lake Cumberland in beautiful southern Kentucky.  As the investigation of the murder proceeds, investigators and attorneys will learn to:

  • Analyze discovery
  • Identify investigation priorities
  • Review police crime scene and identify mishandling
  • Interview different types of witnesses
  • Organize investigation results
  • Take witness statements
  • Photograph crime scenes
  • Interview the medical examiner
  • Prepare to testify
  • Reveal the facts that the police overlooked

Questions about the basics of criminal defense? Email Glenn McClister