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UNC School of Government

Defender Trial School

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Participants will use their own cases to develop a cohesive theory of defense at trial and to apply that theory through all stages of a criminal trial, including voir dire, opening and closing arguments, and direct and cross-examination. The Guide for Participants, located below, explains the type of case to bring and the few steps to take to prepare for the program.

Public Officials - Courts and Judicial Administration Roles

  • Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Private Attorneys
  • Public Defenders
  • Indigent Defense

Topics - Courts and Judicial Administration

  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Trial Procedure
  • Criminal Offenses
  • Criminal Defenses
  • Evidence
  • Criminal
  • Indigent Defense
  • Juvenile Law
  • Juvenile Delinquency

Who should attend

This program is open to public defenders and private attorneys who perform a significant amount of appointed criminal work.


John Rubin joined the School of Government in 1991. He previously practiced law for nine years in Washington, DC and Los Angeles. At the School, he specializes in criminal law and indigent defense education. He has written several articles and books on criminal law; teaches and consults with judg...


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