Welcome to the Wisconsin State Public Defenders' on-demand training website.

If you have any problems with the site please contact Peter Anderson (andersonp@opd.wi.gov) or Chris Lang (langc@opd.wi.gov)

If you are new to the site and not logged in you will see a list below of the courses currently available including descriptions of the courses, CLE approval (including course expiration dates), course fees and enrollment instructions. You will need to click on the "Create new account” link (see box to the right) in order to create an account, enter the site and enroll in a course.

Once you have created an account and logged into the site, use the "Continuing Legal Education Courses” link just below this box or the "All Courses" button at the bottom of the page to navigate to complete information about all of the courses currently available. Enrolling yourself in a course constitutes agreement to pay the applicable course registration fees. Registration fee payment information (credit card or check) is included once you have enrolled in a course.

If you have any questions about course content, fees, CLE credits, etc. please contact Peter Anderson (andersonp@opd.wi.gov) in the SPD Training Division before enrolling in the course.

If you enroll yourself in a course in error and wish to cancel, please contact Peter or Chris immediately. Also, we welcome your suggestions to make this site easier to use and your ideas for future course topics. 

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This course covers some of the basics of representing kids in Chapter 938 proceedings, including the role of counsel, adolescent development, juvenile court process and procedure, detention hearings and dispositions. 

Note: This course was held live in Milwaukee on November 11, 2015. 

Time: 6 Hours, 7 Minutes

CLE Credits: 7.0 CLE Credits: 0 Ethics Credits (no ethics credits for on-demand training)

Completion of this course will satisfy the training component required for certification to take SPD juvenile cases.

This course expires and will be removed from the site at midnight on December 31, 2016.

Tuition for this course:

$100 Private attorneys actively taking Public Defender cases.

$200 Private attorneys not actively taking Public Defender cases.

If you would like to enroll in this course click on the course title. At the next screen click on the enroll me button. Once you have enrolled in the course, fee payment instructions are included in the course information. Enrolling in this course constitutes an agreement to pay the applicable course registration fees.

If you are taking this course in order to become certified to take SPD juvenile cases, please contact Kim Salas (salask@opd.wi.gov) in the SPD's Assigned Counsel Division when you have completed the course. 

This course provides an introduction to handling an SPD-appointed appeal through sixteen short videos and three bonus content videos. The videos proceed chronologically through the phases of an appellate appointment, with each video focusing on a particular component of the post-conviction and appellate process. The videos discuss everything from your deadlines to tips on interactions with your client to suggestions for effective brief-writing. The bonus content videos discuss common post-conviction and appellate issues. The videos are designed to work hand-in-hand with the Appellate Handbook (available on the SPD's website and at the link below) to provide you with the footing you will need to enter the world of Wisconsin appeals. The short video format is designed to make it easy for you to re-watch content specific to questions you may have in your practice. We hope you find the videos useful, and thank you for watching.

Completion of this course will satisfy the training component required for SPD certification in appellate cases. 

Total course length: 4 hours, 10 minutes

CLE Credits: 5.0 CLE credits (0 ethics credits). This course will also qualify for up to 5.0 credits of the SPD's requirement of six credits per year.  

Tuition for this course:
No charge - Private attorneys certified for SPD appeals as of January 25, 2016.
$100 - Private attorneys actively taking SPD cases but not certified for appeals.
$200 - Private attorneys not actively taking any SPD cases.

If you would like to enroll in this course click on the course title. At the next screen click on the enroll me button. Once you have enrolled in the course, fee payment instructions are included in the course information.

Enrolling yourself in a course constitutes agreement to pay the applicable course registration fees.

Handling a Misdemeanor Case from A to Z 2015

Note that this program was held live at Marquette University Law School on August 5-6, 2015

CLE Credits: 12.5 CLE Credits; 0 Ethics Credits (no ethics credits for on-demand training)

This course expires and will be removed from the site at midnight on December 31, 2016. 

Tuition for this course:
$100 - Private attorneys actively taking Public Defender cases.
$200 - Private attorneys not actively taking Public Defender cases.

If you would like to enroll in this course click on the course title. At the next screen click on the enroll me button. Once you have enrolled in the course, fee payment instructions are included in the course information. Enrolling in this course constitutes an agreement to pay the applicable course registration fees.

IMMIGRATION TRAINING 2015

Time: 4 Hours, 50 Minutes
Note this program was held Live in Fond du Lac on July 30, 2015

CLE Credits: 5.5 CLE Credits: 0 Ethics Credits (no ethics credits for on-demand training)

This course expires and will be removed from the site at midnight on December 31, 2016. 

Tuition for this course:
$100 - Private attorneys actively taking Public Defender cases.
$200 - Private attorneys not actively taking Public Defender cases.

If you would like to enroll in this course click on the course title. At the next screen click on the enroll me button. Once you have enrolled in the course, fee payment instructions are included in the course information. Enrolling in this course constitutes an agreement to pay the applicable course registration fees.
Completion of this course will satisfy the training component required for SPD certification in Chapter 51 cases.

Course length: 2 hours, 34 minutes

CLE Credits: 0 CLE, 0  Ethics Credits - This course is not approved for Continuing Legal Education Credits required by the WI Board of Bar Examiners.

This course will qualify for up to 3.0 credits of the State Public Defenders' six credit annual coursework requirement.

Tuition for this course:
$50 - Private attorneys actively taking Public Defender cases.
$100 - Private attorneys not actively taking Public Defender cases.

If you would like to enroll in this course click on the course title. At the next screen click on the enroll me button. Once you have enrolled in the course, fee payment instructions are included in the course information. Enrolling in this course constitutes an agreement to pay the applicable course registration fees.

Private Bar Specialty Certification Training:Probation, Parole and Extended Supervision Revocation Cases - Completion of this course will satisfy the training component required for SPD certification in revocation cases.

CLE Credits: 0 CLE, 0  Ethics Credits - This course is not approved for Continuing Legal Education Credits required by the WI Board of Bar Examiners.

This course will qualify for up to 1.5 credits of the State Public Defenders' six credit annual coursework requirement.

Tuition for this course:
$50 - Private attorneys actively taking Public Defender cases.
$100 - Private attorneys not actively taking Public Defender cases.

If you would like to enroll in this course click on the course title. At the next screen click on the enroll me button. Once you have enrolled in the course, fee payment instructions are included in the course information. Enrolling in this course constitutes an agreement to pay the applicable course registration fees.





Student Expulsion Prevention Program (StEPP) Follow-Up Training

Note this program was held live in Madison on Friday August 7, 2015

Note this program is available only to lawyers who have volunteered for the StEPP Program, a pilot project funded by a grant from the State Bar of Wisconsin and focused on expulsions in the Madison Metropolitan School District. If you practice in Dane county and would like information about volunteering for StEPP, please contact Diane Rondini at rondinid@opd.wi.gov


Student Expulsion Prevention Program (StEPP) Training

Presented live on January 30, 2015 at the American Family Insurance Headquarters in Madison.

Note this program is available only to lawyers who have volunteered for the StEPP Program, a pilot project funded by a grant from the State Bar of Wisconsin and focused on expulsions in the Madison Metropolitan School District. If you practice in Dane county and would like information about volunteering for StEPP, please contact Diane Rondini at rondinid@opd.wi.gov


Cross-examination lecture by Deja Vishny to be viewed by SPD staff attorneys before attending the April 1st live cross-examination training program in Madison.

This course focuses on the ways SPD staff and supervisors can maintain a respectful workplace. The course also refers SPD staff to the agency's recently revised policies, procedures and resources related to a respectful workplace. All agency staff are required to complete this course.