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The Inauguration of the SPDTC

Posted by Maggie on September 4, 2007

Congratulations to the Southern Public Defender Training Center for getting things started with its first class of participants.  Though this year is mostly Atlanta and New Orleans PD’s, I expect it’ll spread in the future.

While I’m quite familiar with the goals of the program, I’m also hopeful that Southern PD programs will allow their new attorneys to take the time off necessary for the program.  I also hope to see more information on their site in the future to help bring in new PD recruits and get their bosses to let them go. And I hope that the GPDSC traning program (which was recently reduced) doesn’t get any kind of grudge against SPDTC. Both programs are needed and hopefully they can complement each other.

The program’s director, Jon Rapping is definitely a force to be reckoned with and I hope that his first class gets the word out.

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3 Responses to “The Inauguration of the SPDTC”

  1. Audacity said

    “And I hope that the GPDSC traning program (which was recently reduced) doesn’t get any kind of grudge against SPDTC.”

    Absolutely no grudge. In fact, I’m sure if you did a survey.. most of the individuals in the Honors Program would still rather have Rapping as their training director.

  2. Maggie said

    I know what you mean. I’m hoping both the GPDSC Honors Program and SPDTC can get great programs going. We need as many well-trained PD’s down here as we can get.

  3. Ted Johnson said

    The reality, however, is that since Rapp has left the training program at GPDSC has deteriorated. I know some PDs who recently attending a GPDSC training in Athens. They were greeted with an announcement that their attendance would be taken promptly every morning and if anyone didn’t show or was late, their supervisors would be immediately notified. Then they were lectured to for 8 hours straight.

    Contrast that with training at SPDTC, which features an absolute all-star faculty, complete hands-on training, and friendships between staff and students.

    One training threatens and lectures, while the other recruits young attorneys to join the crusade: there is a new civil rights battle taking place right now, and that battle lies in indigient defense.

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