Training

To become eligible to receive assignments, an attorney must first complete a Commission-sponsored or Commission-approved training in the area(s) of practice for which they want to receive assignments. Attorneys with more than three years of experience may apply for a discretionary waiver from the Executive Director of this requirement.

Every rostered attorney must complete 8 hours of Commission-approved CLE courses per year. See Chapter 3 for additional CLE requirements for specialized case types.

Current MCILS Sponsored Trainings

Minimum Standards Training: Criminal

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Date: May 26 at 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Location: ZOOM
Credits: 6.5

Minimum Standards Training: Child Protection

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Date: May 27 at 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
Location: ZOOM
Credits: 6

The criminal training satisfies the minimum requirements for assigned counsel to be eligible to accept assignments in adult criminal cases under MCILS Rule, Chapter 2. Please see MCILS Rule, Chapter 3 for requirements for the child protection specialized panel. These trainings have been approved by the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar for Continuing Legal Education Credits.

Minimum Standards Training: Juvenile

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Date: May 30 at 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Location: ZOOM
Credits: 7.5

The training satisfies the minimum CLE requirements for assigned counsel to be eligible to accept juvenile misdemeanors case assignments under MCILS Rule, Chapter 2 and juvenile felony, sex offense, and bind over assignments under Chapter 3, Section 3(6) of the Commission rules. This trainings have been approved by the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar for Continuing Legal Education Credits.

MCILS Approved Trainings

The credits for the approved trainings listed below are approved for MCILS credit, but may not be approved for credit by the Board of Overseers of the Bar.

Upcoming Trainings

The Busy Lawyer’s Guide to Character Evidence and Impeachment: Part I, May 11; Part II, May 18

Date: May 11 & May 18, 2022 at 2:00 P.M.
Host: NACDL
Credits: 1.5 per session

Rene Valladares, Federal Public Defender, District of Nevada and author of A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence, presents this evidence series designed for the busy practitioner. You only need to register once for each two-part topic. Audience participation is welcomed. Registrants are encouraged to submit questions and case issues beforehand so Mr. Valladares can address them as part of these interactive sessions (submit to vantoun@nacdl.org)

These sessions will provide a roadmap for dealing with character evidence (FRE 404 and 405), including how to defend against 404(b) prior bad act evidence, and how to use FRE 404(b) to bolster the defense case. It will cover character evidence in the context of sexual assault cases (FRE 413) and child molestation cases (FRE 414). How to attack the credibility of witnesses for untruthfulness (FRE 608), and the rules dealing with impeachment by criminal conviction (FRE 609) will also be discussed.

The Busy Lawyer’s Guide to Hearsay: Part I, May 25; Part II, June 1

Date: May 25 & June 1, 2022 at 2:00 P.M.
Host: NACDL
Credits: 1.5 per session

Rene Valladares, Federal Public Defender, District of Nevada and author of A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence, presents this evidence series designed for the busy practitioner. You only need to register once for each two-part topic. Audience participation is welcomed. Registrants are encouraged to submit questions and case issues beforehand so Mr. Valladares can address them as part of these interactive sessions (submit to vantoun@nacdl.org)

These sessions will provide a roadmap for criminal defense lawyers to navigate through hearsay problems. Mr. Valladares will discuss what constitutes hearsay (FREs 801 and 802), the major hearsay exclusions (FRE 801(d)) and exceptions (FREs 803 and 804), and what constitutes unavailability under FRE 804. The intersection of the hearsay rules and the Confrontation Clause will also be discussed.

The Toolbox for Understanding and Solving the Diverse Jury Problem Web Series

Jury Diversity and its Role in Promoting Confidence in the Court System

Date: May 25, 2022, 1:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.
Host: National Center for State Courts
Credits: 1.5

Summary: Over 50 years ago, former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall observed, “When any large and identifiable segment of the community is excluded from jury service… its exclusion deprives the jury of a perspective on human events that may have unsuspected importance in any case that may be presented.” Join us for a conversation about jury diversity. We will review behavioral science research on how a group’s composition affects its dynamics and performance, and will discuss the ways in which jury diversity adds to the deliberative process and bolsters confidence in our court system.

The Path to a Diverse Jury Panel

Date: June 1, 2022, 1:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.
Host: National Center for State Courts
Credits: 1.5

Summary: Getting our juries to reflect our diverse population so people are judged by their peers has been a struggle for many states. This panel will discuss how a jury selection process impacts the goal of achieving a diverse panel and what specific factors have stood in the way of that goal or have helped achieve a more inclusive jury. Specific jury engagement practices that can enhance the inclusion of eligible members from diverse communities will be addressed.

Criminal History Exclusions and Jury Diversity

Date: June 10, 2022, 1:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.
Host: National Center for State Courts
Credits: 1.5

Summary: In all but one U.S. jurisdiction, individuals with a prior felony conviction are restricted from serving as jurors. In the vast majority of these jurisdictions, such exclusions are permanent, barring those with felonious criminal histories from ever taking part in jury service. This panel will discuss those statutes and how such exclusions impact the composition of jury panels, deliberation quality, juror satisfaction, and the legitimacy of the jury as a representative body. Panelists will detail empirical research in this area, as well as recent legislative reforms in California that restored juror eligibility to those with prior felony criminal convictions.

Implicit Bias and Juror Decision-Making

Date: June 15, 2022, 1:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.
Host: National Center for State Courts
Credits: 1.5

Summary: Since 1789, the U.S. Constitution has guaranteed the right to a trial by an impartial jury. Three hundred and thirty-one years after ratification, the United States continues to wrestle with what impartial means in an increasingly diverse nation. Answering this question is crucial to maintaining and increasing confidence in our courts. Historically it was assumed that judges and lawyers were capable of identifying and removing biased jurors during voir dire and that the remaining jurors were thus presumed to be impartial. Over the past several decades, we have learned about implicit bias and how it affects decision-making by all participants in criminal trials, including judges and jurors. Other webinars in this series have considered the value of a diverse jury, securing diverse jury pools, and selecting a jury (voir dire and peremptory challenges). Join us for a conversation exploring implicit bias: what it is, and points judges should think about in order to mitigate contemporary notions of implicit bias in American jury trials and increase public confidence.

Jury Selection: Beyond Intentional Racial Bias

Date: June 22, 2022, 1:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.
Host: National Center for State Courts
Credits: 1.5

Summary: Several states are currently evaluating or have recently evaluated whether peremptory challenges serve any meaningful purpose in today’s environment, whether peremptory challenges are used discriminatorily, and whether existing remedies, such as Batson challenges, are sufficient to overcome any discriminatory motivations in the use of peremptory challenges. Join us for this webinar where our panel will discuss the history and impact of Batson and preemptory challenges on jury selection. The panel will provide specific actions and methods to identify implicit, institutional, and unconscious race and ethnic biases during jury selection.

Prior Trainings

Gideon Behind the Wheel: The Basics of Defending a DUI Case

Date: April 28, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. EST & May 5, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. EST
Host: National College of DUI Defense Public Defender (NCDD) Task Force
Credits: 8.5

The Trial Penalty, Plea Bargains, and Saving the 6th Amendment Right to Trial

Date: May 4, 2022 at 2:00 P.M.
Host: NACDL
Credits: 1.5

How Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and Mental Illness Impact the Brain and Behavior

Date: April 29, 2022 at 4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Host: The Equitas Project & 8th Amendment Project
Credits: 1

Film Screening and Discussion: Too Ill to Execute

Date: April 28, 2022 at 4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Host: The Equitas Project & 8th Amendment Project
Credits: 1

The Importance of Story-Telling and Humanizing Clients with Mental Illness in Three Stages: Pre-Trial, Sentencing, and Post-Trial (Clemency and Parole)

Date: April 27, 2022 at 4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Host: The Equitas Project & 8th Amendment Project
Credits: 1

How Mental Health Information Can Be Used in Resentencing and in Challenging Conditions of Confinement

Date: April 26, 2022 at 4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Host: The Equitas Project & 8th Amendment Project
Credits: 1

Lessons Learned: Legislative Efforts to Protect Individuals with Mental Illness from Excessive Sentencing

Date: April 25, 2022
Host: The Equitas Project & 8th Amendment Project
Credits: 1

How Racism Impacts Mental Health, Access to Services and Care, and Criminal Sentencing

Date: April 25, 2022
Host: The Equitas Project & 8th Amendment Project
Credits: 1

Struck: Race, Jury Selection, and the Need for Reform in Chicago

Date: March 28, 2022
Host: NACDL
Credits: 1

Kids First - Substance Use, Misuse, and Abuse: Contemporary Challenges for Family Court

Date: December 9-10, 2021
Host: Kids First
Credits: 5.5

MACDL's 2021 Fall Lunchtime CLE Series: Litigating Racial Bias & Pretextual Stops

Date: November 19, 2021
Host: MACDL
Credits: 1

MACDL's 2021 Fall Lunchtime CLE Series: Cross Examining Mental Health "Experts"

Date: November 5, 2021
Host: MACDL
Credits: 1

Control Microsoft Word - Instead of Controlling You

Date: November 1-3 & 5, 2021
Host: MSBA
Credits: 1.5 for each Session

MACDL's 2021 Fall Lunchtime CLE Series: Advocacy Using Sentencing Data

Date: October 29, 2021
Host: MACDL
Credits: 1

MACDL's 2021 Fall Lunchtime CLE Series: Working Effectively with Mental Health Experts

Date: October 22, 2021
Host: MACDL
Credits: 1

NACDL Webseries: Batson and Beyond: Batson, its Shortcomings, Solutions, and Reforms

Date: October 21, 2021
Host: NACDL
Credits: 1

Conflicts of Interest in Rural Criminal Justice

Date: October 20, 2021
Host: The Deadson Criminal Justice Reform Center
Credits: 1.25

NACDL Webseries: Ways to Increase Inclusivity and Access to the Jury Box

Date: October 20, 2021
Host: NACDL
Credits: 1

NACDL Webseries: Why Diverse Juries Matter in Theory and in Practice

Date: October 19, 2021
Host: NACDL
Credits: 1

MACDL's 2021 Fall Lunchtime CLE Series: Ethics of Competence

Date: October 15, 2021
Host: MACDL
Credits: 1

MACDL's 2021 Fall Lunchtime CLE Series: 2020-2021 Law Court Decisions

Date: October 1, 2021
Host: MACDL
Credits: 1

2021 Changes to the Maine Juvenile Code

Date: October 1, 2021
Host: Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group, Maine Center for Juvenile Policy and Law and the Maine Prosecutors Association
Credits: 3.5

MACDL's 2021 Fall Lunchtime CLE Series: 2021 SCOTUS & Circuit Court Updates

Date: September 24, 2021
Host: MACDL
Credits: 1

MACDL's 2021 Fall Lunchtime CLE Series: 2021 Legislative Update

Date: September 17, 2021
Host: MACDL
Credits: 1

DHHS Close Supervision Community Placement Program

Date: July 13, 2021
Host: MCILS
Credits: 1.5

Race + the Criminal Legal System: Racially Charged Misdemeanors

Date: June 30, 2021
Host: NACDL
Credits: 1.5

Implicit Racial Bias

Date: June 25, 2021
Host: New England Juvenile Defender Center and National Juvenile Defender Center
Credits: 2

Moderated Panel of New England Juvenile Judges

Date: June 25, 2021
Host: New England Juvenile Defender Center and National Juvenile Defender Center
Credits: 1

Awareness of the Legal System

Date: June 10, 2021
Host: NACDL
Credits: 4

Search, Seize, and Extract: Challenging Law Enforcement Use of Mobile Device Forensic Tools and Technologies in Criminal Cases

Date: May 11, 2021
Host: NACDL
Credits: 1.5