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

If you have any problems with the site please contact Michelle McGillivary (mcgillivarym@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 Michelle McGillivary (mcgillivarym@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 Michelle or Chris immediately. Also, we welcome your suggestions to make this site easier to use and your ideas for future course topics. 

If you attempt to register and receive a confirmation email error, please contact Chris Lang (langc@opd.wi.govand he will manually confirm your enrollment ASAP.

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Many of our cases are now relying on DNA evidence.  Jerry Buting gives a detailed presentation on using DNA effectively.  

Topics include: Common trial defenses, DNA science, transfer and collection;  Working with labs- extraction, contamination, chain of custody, reading lab reports

Jerry Buting has worked for more than 35 years as a criminal defense lawyer in the state of Wisconsin. He was a founding member of the law firm Buting, Williams & Stilling, S.C. Since 1993, his criminal defense law practice focuses on the defense of serious and complex criminal offenses, both state and federal, trial and appeal. 

Over the course of his career, Jerry has worked on many high profile cases while also serving as a frequent lecturer on DNA, computer crimes and other forensic evidence. His reputation as a tenacious, talented defense attorney preceded his role as the co-defense attorney in the State v. Steven Avery murder trial in 2007. His performance throughout the trial and his efforts toward exposing both the shaky integrity of law enforcement and inherent flaws in the justice system came to national attention following Netflix's popular documentary Making a Murderer.

Note: This course was held live in Madison on March 22, 2018.

Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

CLE Credits: 1.0 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, 2018.

Tuition for this course:

$20 Private attorneys actively taking Public Defender cases.

$40 Private attorneys not actively taking Public Defender cases.

Pay by Credit Card

Pay by Check or Money Order

Enrolling in this course constitutes an agreement to pay the applicable course registration fees.

If you have questions regarding the course content or viewing the course contact Michelle McGillivary (mcgillivarym@opd.wi.gov) in the SPD Training Division.

Presented by: 

Geoffrey Heeren (UW Law Immigration Professor)

Aissa Olivarez (CILC immigration lawyer)

Mindy Nolan (SPD immigration practice coordinator- Racine)

Marc Christopher (Christopher & De Leon Law Office, LLC)


Note: This course was held live in Steven's Point on February 2, 2018. 

Run Time: 3 Hours, 20 Minutes

CLE Credits: 4.0 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, 2019.

Tuition for this course:

$80 Private attorneys actively taking Public Defender cases.

$160 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 have questions regarding the course content or viewing the course contact Chris Lang (langc@opd.wi.gov) in the SPD Training Division.

This is an overview of digital assets that you may encounter in our cases.  Topics include: Media types, Metadata, Computers, Phones, Networks, and the lifestyle of digital evidence (acquisition, preservation, analysis, and presentation).

Note: This course was held live in Madison on April 7, 2017.

Time: 1 hour 12 minutes

CLE Credits: 1.0 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, 2018.

Tuition for this course:

$20 Private attorneys actively taking Public Defender cases.

$40 Private attorneys not actively taking Public Defender cases.

Pay by Credit Card

Pay by Check or Money Order

Enrolling in this course constitutes an agreement to pay the applicable course registration fees.

If you have questions regarding the course content or viewing the course contact Michelle McGillivary (mcgillivarym@opd.wi.gov) in the SPD Training Division.

This video discusses forensic issues that are present in many routine blood-test evidence cases. [We] discuss ways to collect the information needed to evaluate the forensic issues present during the collection, transfer, storage and testing of the blood test evidence and how to cross examine witnesses as to these issues.

Note: This course was held live in Madison on June 29, 2017.

Time: 58 Minutes

CLE Credits: 1.0 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, 2018.

Tuition for this course:

$20 Private attorneys actively taking Public Defender cases.

$40 Private attorneys not actively taking Public Defender cases.

Pay by Credit Card

Pay by Check or Money Order

Enrolling in this course constitutes an agreement to pay the applicable course registration fees.

If you have questions regarding the course content or viewing the course contact Michelle McGillivary (mcgillivarym@opd.wi.gov) in the SPD Training Division.

Mistaken identifications are a leading cause of wrongful convictions. In this video, identification expert and research psychologist Larry White presents 13 questions that defense attorneys should ask when they have an eyewitness ID case.

Note: This course was held live in Madison on June 29, 2017.

Time: 1 Hour

CLE Credits: 1.0 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, 2018.

Tuition for this course:

$20 Private attorneys actively taking Public Defender cases.

$40 Private attorneys not actively taking Public Defender cases.

Pay by Credit Card

Pay by Check or Money Order

Enrolling in this course constitutes an agreement to pay the applicable course registration fees.

If you have questions regarding the course content or viewing the course contact Michelle McGillivary (mcgillivarym@opd.wi.gov) in the SPD Training Division.

A discussion of recent developments in Wisconsin's Daubert standard and practical applications for SPD practice. Tips to on how to prepare, direct or cross examine expert witnesses regarding forensic issues.

Note: This course was held live in Madison on May 5, 2017.

Time: 55 Minutes

CLE Credits: 1.0 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, 2018.

Tuition for this course:

$20 Private attorneys actively taking Public Defender cases.

$40 Private attorneys not actively taking Public Defender cases.

Pay by Credit Card

Pay by Check or Money Order

Enrolling in this course constitutes an agreement to pay the applicable course registration fees.

If you have questions regarding the course content or viewing the course contact Michelle McGillivary (mcgillivarym@opd.wi.gov) in the SPD Training Division.

This presentation will go over the basics of cell phone evidence. Areas discussed include: reasons cell phone evidence may be important; sources of cell phone information; how to obtain and interpret carrier records; the basics of cell tower technology and location information; and other considerations related to the use of cell phones.

Presenter: Evan Weitz, Wisconsin Public Defender, Milwaukee Trial Office

Note: This course was held live in Milwaukee on May 4, 2017.

Time: 53 Minutes

CLE Credits: 1.0 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, 2018.

Tuition for this course:

$20 Private attorneys actively taking Public Defender cases.

$40 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.

This presentation is designed to help lawyers think through complicated scientific cases and present scientific evidence clearly to a jury or judge. This training focuses on using the tools all lawyers already have (investigation, statutory analysis, narrative creation) to make sense of complicated scientific evidence. While the presentation uses Shaken Baby Syndrome cases as an illustration of a science-dependent case, the principles discussed can be applied to many other cases where forensic science or medical evidence is at issue.

Note: This course was held live in Madison on March 10, 2017.

Time: 84 Minutes

CLE Credits: 1.5 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, 2018.

Tuition for this course:

$20 Private attorneys actively taking Public Defender cases.

$40 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.

This course covers the basics of representing kids in Chapter 938 proceedings, including the role of counsel, competency, juvenile court process and procedure, detention hearings and dispositions. The course contains videos of presentations that took place live on November 15, 2017 in Milwaukee and videos of a juvenile client interview that took place in the Dane county secure detention facility. 

Note: This course was held live in Milwaukee on November 15, 2017. 

Time: 6 Hours, 20 Minutes

CLE Credits: 7.5 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, 2018.

Tuition for this course:

$140 Private attorneys actively taking Public Defender cases.

$280 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.

Attorney Odrcici authored a brief summary and analysis of the new immigration enforcement priorities on the Wisconsin Association or Criminal Defense Lawyers' listserve as well as the SPD's On Point web publication here:


Attorney Odrcic specializes in deportation defense, post-conviction relief for non-citizens, and immigration litigation. He has successfully litigated cases before the Chicago Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, as well as pursuing post-conviction relief for immigrants throughout Wisconsin.


Recorded on Tue Feb 14, 2017


Davorin J. Odrcic

Odrcic Law Group, LLC

February 14, 2017

davorin@djovisa.com (414) 249-3720


Run Time: 1 Hours, 5 Minutes

CLE Credits: 1.0 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, 2018.

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.

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.

THIS COURSE IS NO LONGER BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION CREDITS WITH THE WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT'S BOARD OF BAR EXAMINERS TO MAINTAIN YOUR LAW LICENSE. THE COURSE  IS AVAILABLE FOR CERTIFICATION TO TAKE SPD APPELLATE CASES AND FOR THE EDUCATION CREDITS REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN YOUR ELIGIBILITY TO TAKE PUBLIC DEFENDER CASES ONLY.

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

This course qualifies for up to 5.0 credits of the SPD's requirement of six credits per year.

Total course length: 4 hours, 10 minutes

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: 0 CLE, 0 Ethics Credits - This course is NOT approved for Continuing Legal Education Credits required by the WI Board of Bar Examiners. 
The course will qualify for up to 12.5 credits of the State Public Defender's six credit annual requirement in criminal defense course work.

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


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.