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Public Defense 103: Trial Skills Workshop (2023)

PUBLIC DEFENSE 103 - Trial Skills Workshop
Wednesday | July 05, 2023 - Friday | July 07, 2023
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Public Defense 103: Trial Skills Workshop 2023

Fundamental Advocacy Skills Training (Part 3)


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Public Defense 103: Trial Skills Workshop (FAST Program Part 3) is a 2 1/2 day trial advocacy program comprised of presentations and on-your-feet small group sessions including pretrial motions, entering evidence, making objections, impeachment and cross-examination.  Participants will perform in a series of practical workshops to incorporate what they learned from the presentations in exercises simulating discrete phases of a trial.  Case materials for the exercises will be provided for the participants before the conference.

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Who Should Attend?


  • You can jump into the FAST Program at any point.  Prior participation in PD101 and PD102 is not a prerequisite.   

Attorneys must meet the following requirements to participate in this workshop:

You must be employed by a South Carolina Public Defender’s Office either full-time OR contracted directly with the Public Defender's office, OR you must have an Indigent Defense criminal-defense contract current as of 7/1/21


You must have fewer than 3 years’ experience as a public defender or equivalent trial practice as a criminal defense attorney


You have not attended PD103 in the past


  • This conference is not open to private practitioners who do not have a contract to provide Public Defender/Indigent Defense services.  



See  Register  button at bottom of page. 

You must log in to your SCCID account to register.


If you have forgotten your password or have other difficulties, please contact or for assistance.


Hotel Accommodations:

Rooms are limited and Priority will be based on registration order, so please REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to secure your hotel room.

Do I qualify to get a hotel room?  To qualify for hotel accommodations, your travel to the Greenville County Courthouse must exceed 50 miles.

Who pays for it?  STUDENTS (New PDs and IDCA attorneys) - SCCID pays for the base room rate+tax for students.  You are responsible for any additional fees, tips, etc.

FACULTY MEMBERS - SCCID does NOT pay for accommodations for faculty members.  We will make the reservation to get our group rate, and you may contact the hotel to make payment arrangements.

Where are we staying?  We will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express downtown near the courthouse.  (See map below.)  This hotel was renovated last year and has surface self-parking.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS - Checkout Friday:  We will need to check out of the hotel Friday morning.  Hotel guests should be okay to leave vehicles at the hotel until PD103 ends on Friday.



For those of you who will be commuting, unfortunately, the courthouse does not have all-day parking.  The best place to park will be the Commons Garage at 60 Beattie Place, Greenville, SC, which is adjacent to the Hyatt Hotel and across the street from the Courthouse.  Click the link for address and rates:


TUESDAY EVENING DINNER:  If you’re going to be checking in or are already in the area Tuesday evening, please join us for dinner.  Details haven't been decided.  It’s Dutch treat.  We’ll plan to meet in the lobby of the hotel about 6pm and walk down to the restaurant, or you can just meet us there.  You’re welcome to just show up, but if you know in advance that you plan to join us, please send me a text (803-270-7657) so I can give them an idea how many of us to expect.

WEDNESDAY EVENING SOCIAL:  Carolina Ale House Logo Social Gathering Wednesday evening from 6 – 8 pm at Carolina Ale House 113 South Main Street.  SCCID will provide the food.  Cash bar.


Well, that all sounds like fun, but what about the Workshop?





You will receive a printed workbook when you sign in on Wednesday, but you need to review the materials linked on the private page and do some preparation in advance. 

 Also, please review Bob Dudek’s Record Preservation Demonstration Outlines.  The outlines will not only help you understand the demonstrations, but they will also allow us to proceed without a lot of setup explanation during the presentation.  Bob will have a brief refresher on error preservation, but for a full refresher course you can view his presentation from PD101 here:  



WHERE TO GO WEDNESDAY:  See the map below for walking directions to the Court House.  Wednesday morning, registration is from 8:30 – 8:45 a.m.  Enter through the main courthouse entrance (Yellow Star).  When you go through security, you should see the Jury Assembly Room.  That’s where we’ll be for most of our full-group sessions.  We will also be using the jury assembly room break room for our break room.

Map directions from Holiday Inn Express to Courthouse



DRESS CODE:  Office casual is fine.  No need to dress up like you’re going to trial unless that is your idea of casual or you really just want to.



ABSENCES AND TARDIES:  If you will be absent or late at any point during PD103, please call or text to let me know you haven’t been abducted by aliens.  If you just don’t show up, I will have to track you down.



If you have any questions about the conference information or the registration process, please contact Lawrence Brown at

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The South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or disability.        

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