The Office of the Defender General conducts several trainings each year in criminal and juvenile law.  They are usually held in December and June, although these times may vary.  If you are interested in a particular topic, being a presenter at one of the trainings, or desire additional information about ODG trainings, please contact Anna Saxman, Director of Training, by email at

Please Note:  Attendance at all trainings is by invitation only




Friday, November 5, 1:30-3:30
Representing LGBTQ+ Youth in Vermont     2 CLE
A panel of youth, advocates and attorneys will present ways to improve our representation of LGBTQ+ young people.
NOTE: This seminar will satisfy the mandatory CLE requirement for Diversity and Inclusion Programming!

Friday, November 12, 10-11:30
The How & Why of Determining BAC   1.5 CLE
Darcy Richards, a forensic toxicologist will present an overview of how alcohol concentrations are estimated, including a review of Widmark, important factors, pitfalls, and current trends. Darcy regularly provides consultation and testimony in civil and criminal matters throughout Vermont.


Friday, October 8, 2-3:30
USSCT in Review    1.5 CLE     Video Link 
David McColgin and Barclay Johnson will give us the latest from the US Supreme Court.

Friday, October 15, 2-3:30
Using & Challenging Character Evidence   1.5 CLE     Video Link
Mary Kay Lanthier and Larry Novins, VLS Evidence Lab professors.

Friday, October 22, 1-2:30
Interpreter & Translation Services:  New & Improved in 2021    1.5 CLE     Video Link
     Training Outline
     Vermont Judiciary's Language Access Operations Manual
Dawn Seibert, Will Kidney and Rebecca Turner will demystify accessing court and defense interpreters and translation services for clients whose primary language is not English.


Friday, September 17, 1-2:30
New Changes to the Appellate Rules on E-Filing    1.5 CLE     Video Link 
Rebecca Turner will explain the new rules on the record on appeal, new citation requirements, brief formatting changes, and more.

Friday, September 24, 2-3:30 - CANCELLED - RESCHEDULED TO 10/15!
Using & Challenging Character Evidence   1.5 CLE
Mary Kay Lanthier and Larry Novins, VLS Evidence Lab professors.


Friday, August 20, 2:00-3:15
Trials and Tribulations    1.25 CLE
Join the conversation about how practice is going. Share your trial and court experiences with others and get ideas on how to navigate the next months. (not recorded)

JULY 2021

Thursday, July 8, 2-3:30
Ethics for Juvenile Law Practitioners  1.5 ETHICS CLE     Video Link 
Marshall Pahl, Deputy Defender General and lead Juvenile Defender

Friday, July 9th, 2-3:30
Appellate Update on Juvenile Law  1.5 CLE     Video Link 
Rebecca Turner, Dawn Seibert, and Sarah Star, Appellate Defenders     

Thursday, July 15th, 2-3:30
Medical Records Revealed  1.5 CLE     Video Link 
Jennifer Grossman, R.N., Executive Director of Nurses for Social Justice, explains how to interpret, de-code and better understand medical records. For lawyers and investigators!

Friday, July 23rd, 2-3:45
Parenting Assessments  1.75 CLE      Video Link 
Claire Gilligan, PsyD,. is a licensed psychologist who specializes in forensic and clinical work. She prepares forensic evaluations to assist with family, criminal, and civil court matters and also has an individual psychotherapy practice.

JUNE 2021

Thursday, June 10th, 2-3:30
Vermont Supreme Court in Review  1.5 CLE           Video Link
Appellate Defenders explain the new cases.

Friday, June 18th, 2-3:30
Understand and Evaluating Injuries  1.5 CLE
Dr. Jonathan Arden, a nationally known forensic pathologist, will explain how to evaluate injuries in criminal cases.

Thursday, June 24th, 1:30-3:00           Video Link    Legislative Summary
Legislative Roundup
Matthew Valerio, Defender General

MAY 2021

Friday May 7th, 2:00-3:30
Practice Pointers for In-Person Hearings:  Things You Need to Know!  1.5 CLE
Susan McManus, Chris Davis and Kate Lamson will discuss what's changed and how to effectievly navigate in-person hearings and trials.    Video Link

APRIL 2021

Friday April 9th, 1:30-3:00 pm
Three Beers and a Benzo:  Defending DUI Drug Cases 1.5 CLE
Devin McLaughlin, David Sleigh and Brad Myerson will present the best ways to attack these cases and win!

Friday April 23rd, 3:00-4:30 pm
What's Interrogation Got To Do With It? Defending Confession Cases 1.5 CLE
Deja Vishny is a highly experienced, award winning, criminal defense attorney, consultant, trainer,  professor, and author specializing in homicide and confession cases. She is a faculty and board member of the National Criminal Defense College and lectures at criminal defense seminars throughout the United States - teaching cross-examination of police interrogators. Ms. Vishny attended the Reid School on Interrogation and teaches at the National Forensic College at Cardozo Law School. Her book, Suppressing Criminal Evidence is in its third edition. 

Defending False Confession Cases           Challenging Confessions of Mentally Vulnerable Clients   Video Link

MARCH 2021

Friday March 12th, 2:00-3:30 pm
Speedy Trial Update & Motion Practice 1.5 CLE      Video Link    Slides
Josh O'Hara is an Appellate Defender and Chris Davis is a Public Defender in the Rutland Office - both are raising speedy trial issues for clients at the trial court and appellate levels.

Friday March 19th, 3:00-4:30 pm
Odyssey Encore 1.5 CLE
Jordana Levine is a Director and shareholder at Marsicovetere & Levine Law Group. Her diverse practice includes Criminal Defense, Family Law, and DUI/DWI.  She teaches trial practice at Vermont Law School and Understanding Odyssey for the Defender General's Office.


Friday February 5th, 1:30-3:00 pm
De-Criminalizing Domestic Violence Cases 1.5 CLE     Video Link
Professor Goodmark teaches Family Law, Gender and the Law, and directs the Gender Violence Clinic at the University of Maryland Frances King Carey School of Law. Professor Goodmark’s scholarship has appeared in numerous journals and law reviews, including the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She is the author of Decriminalizing Domestic Violence: A Balanced Policy Approach to Intimate Partner Violence.

Friday February 12th, 1:30-3:30 pm
Odyssey Encore! 2 CLE       Video Link
Jordana Levine is a Director and shareholder at Marsicovetere & Levine Law Group. Her diverse practice includes Criminal Defense, Family Law, and DUI/DWI.  She teaches trial practice at Vermont Law School and Understanding Odyssey for the Defender General's Office.

Friday, February 26th, 3-4:30 pm
Defending DUIs - the Nuts & Bolts 1.5 CLE     Video Link    Slides
Jessica Burke, a former public defender in Virginia, is the founder of Burke Law,  a statewide law firm specializing in Criminal Defense and DUI/DWI law. Susan McManus is a public defender in the Bennington County Public Defender's Office where she handles felony cases, DUI/DWIs and more. She is the President of VTACDL.


Friday January 15th, 9:00 am-10:45 am
The Game of Thrones: How to Stand Up to Difficult Judges, Andrew Cohen & David Meyers (attys at Mass. Committee for Public Counsel) 1.75 CLE Video Link PowerPoint

Friday January 22nd, 1:30- 3:30 pm
Odyssey Encore!  Jordana Levine 2 CLE    Video Link

Friday January 29, 1:00- 2:30 pm
Juvenile Law: New Cases & Issues, Appellate Defenders 1.5 CLE     Video Link


Friday 12/4, 1:00-2:30
Juvenile Update - Marshall Pahl - 1.5 CLE   Video Link

Friday 12/11, 1:00-2:30
Legislative Changes: Good time, parole, furlough, home confinement and more! - Emily Tredeau - 1.5 CLE   Video Link

Friday 12/18, 1:00-3:00
Wellness for criminal and juvenile defenders - Michael Kennedy - 2 CLE  Video Link


Friday 11/6, 1:00-2:30
Legislative Round-up - Matthew Valerio - 1.5 CLE Video Link

Friday 11/13, 1:00-3:00
Odyssey Adventure - Jordana Levine - 2 CLE Video Link

Friday 11/20, 1:00-2:30
Appellate Update on Criminal Law - 1.5 CLE Video Link



2020 Green Mountain Juvenile And Criminal Defense Institute - Online Training!

  • Tuesday through Thursday, June 9-11, 2020

Agenda in Word format

Agenda in PDF format


JURY TRIALS - CLE (1.5) - May 12, 2020 (password protected)
(Please note that this CLE was not recorded so there is no video. The following are documents only.)

Barker Factors - Speedy Trial

Speedy Trial Outline

Criminal Law Training

  • Friday, December 6, 2019 - Montpelier - Pavilion Auditorium, 109 State Street.

Agenda in Word format

Agenda in PDF format



2019 Green Mountain Juvenile And Criminal Defense Institute

  • NOTE:  MONDAY TO THURSDAY!  June 10, 11, 12, 13, 2019

      Agenda in Word format

      Agenda in PDF format

Juvenile Law Training


Criminal Law Training

2018 Green Mountain Juvenile And Criminal Defense Institute

  • June 5, 6, 7 & 8, 2018


Criminal Law Training

Juvenile Law Training

2017 Green Mountain Juvenile And Criminal Defense Institute


Criminal Law Training

Juvenile Law Training

2016 Green Mountain Juvenile And Criminal Defense Institute

Contact Information

Office of the Defender General
6 Baldwin Street, 4th Floor
Montpelier, VT  05633-3301
(802) 828-3168
(802) 828-3163 (fax)

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