CLE Resources

Mission:

The Utah Indigent Defense Commission's continuing legal education program provides targeted training, resources, and support to build a robust, connected community of specialized indigent defense practitioners who elevate the quality of representation.

Priorities:

1. Address regional gaps in training opportunities for attorneys to keep current with legal developments and best practices.
2. Support specialization among defense attorneys in areas of adult criminal, juvenile delinquency, child welfare, and appellate advocacy.
3. Connect defense practitioners with each other to discuss shared interests, concerns, or problems.
4. Collaborate with existing training providers to expand capacity to reach attorneys who are appointed on indigent defense cases.
5. Provide scholarships that enable attorneys to attend regional and national trainings on topics not currently offered in Utah.
6. Educate indigent defense systems and attorneys about Core Principles to facilitate their access to grant funding and ensure compliance with grant program requirements.

Upcoming CLE events are listed on the Home page.

Self-Study CLE



IDC Webinar: "Possible Objections to Police and Expert Testimony," Sept. 21, 2021. 1 hour of self-study CLE credit is pending.



IDC Webinar: "Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions and Guilty Pleas on Immigration Status and Benefits," August 31, 2021. 1.5 hours of self-study CLE credit are pending.



IDC Webinar: "2021 Legislative Review of Criminal and Juvenile Delinquency Laws," July 13, 2021. 1 hour of self-study CLE credit is pending.



IDC Webinar: "Going Federal: How to Prepare a Case in Anticipation of Federal Post-Conviction Review," June 22, 2021. 1 hour of self-study ethics CLE credit is approved.



IDC Webinar: "All You Want to Know About Guilty Pleas -- How to Do Guilty Pleas Right" June 8, 2021. 1 hour of self-study CLE credit is approved.



IDC Webinar: "HB220 - New Pretrial Detention and Bail Laws" June 1, 2021. 1 hour of self-study CLE credit is approved.



IDC Webinar: "How to Communicate and Create Relationships Effectively with Clients with Mental Illness" May 25, 2021. 1.5 hours of self-study CLE credit are approved.



IDC Webinar: "Resilience and Resiliency for Defense Attorneys: Thriving Through Secondary Trauma and Compassion Fatigue" May 7, 2021. 1 hour of self-study CLE approved.



IDC Webinar: "Attorneys' Responsiblities to Clients regarding Conflicts of Interest" April 27, 2021. 1 hour of self-study professionalism and civility CLE credit approved.



IDC Webinar: "Where to Find and How to Respond Successfully to RFPs for Legal Services" April 6, 2021. 1 hour of self-study CLE credit approved.



IDC Webinar: "Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions" March 23, 2021. 1 hour of self-study CLE credit approved.



IDC Webinar: "GRAMA and Access to Government Records" March 19, 2021. 1 hour of self-study CLE credit approved.



IDC Webinar: "(Some) Ethical Responsibilities of Appellate Attorneys" February 24, 2021. 1 hour of self-study ethics CLE credit approved.



IDC Webinar: "Stress Is Not All Bad - Improving Your Well-being And Managing Stress" February 11, 2021. 1 hour of self-study ethics CLE credit approved.



IDC Webinar: "Get Woke: A Candid Discussion on Race in Utah Courtrooms" January 12, 2021. 1 hour of self-study ethics CLE credit approved.



IDC Webinar: "How to Litigate 23B Motions" December 11, 2020. 1 hour of self-study CLE credit approved.



IDC Webinar: "Principles and Basics of Drug Testing" December 4, 2020. 1.5 hours of self-study CLE credit approved.



IDC Webinar: "Pretrial and Release Reforms Related to HB 206" October 30, 2020. 1 hour of self-study CLE credit approved.



IDC Webinar: "Preparing Your Client for the Sentencing Recommendation: Explaining Sentencing and Release Guidelines" October 16, 2020. 1 hour of self-study CLE credit approved.



IDC Webinar: "The Professionalism Counseling Board: What It Is, What It Does, and Why Should You Care." September 11, 2020. 1 hour of self-study civility & professionalism CLE credit approved.



IDC Webinar: "Representing Gunnison Prison Inmates Effectively in Board of Pardons and Parole Hearings." September 10, 2020. 1 hour of self-study CLE credit approved.



IDC Webinar: "Duty to Investigate and Best Practices of Pretrial Investigation Preparation." August 21, 2020. 1 hour of self-study CLE credit approved.



IDC Webinar: "Capital Appellate Best Practices and Issues, and a Look Behind the Taylor Case." August 7, 2020. 2 hours of self-study CLE credit, including 1 ethics hour for the 2nd hour, approved.

Criminal defense and appellate attorneys may email kaadair@utah.gov to request access to the recording and the PowerPoints.



IDC Webinar: "Representation of Parolees - The 2015 Reform, New Criminal Charges, and the Implications on Prior Parole." July 17, 2020. 1 hour of self-study CLE approved.



IDC Webinar: "Children Are Not Miniature Adults - Representing Youth Accused of Sexual Offenses." June 19, 2020. 1 hour of self-study CLE credit approved.



IDC Webinar: "Protect Your Clients' Rights 2 - Medicaid Coverage and Access to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment and Resources." June 17, 2020. 1 hour of self-study CLE credit approved.



IDC Webinar: "Exceptions to Preservation and Evolving Standards of IAC." June 12, 2020. 1 hour of self-study CLE credit approved.



IDC Webinar: "Briefing Eyewitness Issues on Appeals." May 13, 2020. 1 hour of self-study CLE credit approved.



IDC Webinar: "Protect Your Clients' Rights - Medicaid Eligibility and Access to Services." May 1, 2020. 1 hour of self-study CLE credit approved.



IDC Webinar: "Ethics of Representing Indigent Clients During the COVID-19 Pandemic." April 17, 2020. 1 hour of ethics self-study CLE credit approved.



IDC Webinar: "Benefits of Using DefenderData Prime Software in Indigent Defense Practice." April 9, 2020. 1 hour of self-study CLE approved.

Additional info is on the Project Director Resources Page.

Limited IDC scholarships may be available.

IDC scholarships can be used to cover registration fees and travel expenses, such as meals, lodging, mileage, airfare, etc. to attend both in-state and out-of-state conferences and CLE events.

Download the IDC Scholarship Policy and read it carefully. Submit the Application Form, along with the appropriate travel pre-authorization form, to the IDC at kaadair@utah.gov.

Please see the CLE event announcements below for any special scholarship requirements.