Training Opportunities
RCW 10.101.050 and relevant portions of the Washington Public Defense Standards require that all Public Defenders attend at least seven hours of Continuing Legal Education ("CLE") in topics related to their public defense practice.

As part of its on-going commitment to the quality of public defense services it provides to its clients, Benton County OPD frequently offers no-cost CLE seminars to public defenders.  Dates and details for upcoming seminars are always posted on this page.

BCOPD-Presented CLEs (Upcoming)

OPD Spring CLE Program - Mental Health, Dependency Cases, LFOs and Caselaw Updates
March 29, 2019
Presenters: Dr. Alexander Patterson, Psychologist, Pacific Psychology Services; Jennifer Azure, Attorney at Law, Owner, Azure Law Office; Eric Hsu, Benton County Public Defense Manager; Hon. Linda Coburn, Edmonds Municipal Court Judge.

BCOPD-Presented CLEs (Past)
OPD Fall, 2018 CLE Program #3 - Operating a Successful Law Practice in the Digital Age
November 5, 2018
Presenters: Brett Spooner, Managing Partner, Gravis Law. PLLC; Eric Hsu, Benton County Public Defense Manager

OPD Fall, 2018 CLE Program #2 - Mental Health Diversion; DOL; and Crimmigration
October 19, 2018
Presenters: Adriana Mercado, Lourdes Mental Health; Carla Weaver, Washington DOL; Raymond Hui, Attorney at Law

OPD Fall, 2018 CLE Program #1 - What District Court Public Defenders Need to Know about Superior Court 
September 21, 2018
Presenter: Shelley Ajax, Attorney at Law
Approved for 1.5 CLE Credits

OPD Spring, 2018 CLE Program #2 - Ethics Advisory Opinions, Prosecutorial Misconduct, and Ethics of Stand-by Counsel
May, 2018
Presenters: Eric Hsu; Shelley Ajax; Michael Vander Sys
CLE Agenda

OPD Spring, 2018 CLE Program - Guns & Ammo: What Public Defenders Need to Know about Firearms and Ballistics
April, 2018
Presenters: Mark Almquist; Caleb DiPeso; Eric Hsu; Matthew Noedel
CLE Agenda

OPD Fall 2017 CLE Program - Digital Sex Crimes, ISRB Sentences, and Defending Sex Crimes
November, 2017
Presenters: Brad Meryhew; Randall Karstetter; Terry Lahman; Kecia Rongen; Jeff Patnode.
CLE Agenda

OPD Summer 2017 CLE Special Program - District Court LFOs: state of the law, practice tips, and strategies
August, 2017
Presenters: Andrea Burkhart; Hon. Anne Cruser
CLE Agenda

OPD Summer 2017 CLE Program - Anatomy of a Mental Health Evaluation, Jail Safety and Security, Drug Court, & Plain Language/Audience-Centric Messaging
July, 2017
Presenters: Dr. Mark McClung; Cpl Eman Rodrick; Megan Killgore; Laura Hsu
CLE Agenda 

OPD Trial Advocacy Clinic 2017
April, 2017
Facilitators: Scott Johnson; Eric Hsu
CLE Agenda

OPD Spring 2017 CLE Program - DOC Supervision, Working with Private Investigators, Federal Prosecution Guidelines
March, 2017
Presenters: Michelle Ballard, Florentino Hernandez, Michael Matkowski, Hon. Sam Swanberg

OPD Fall 2016 CLE Program - Negotiation Skills, Arson and Fire Forensics, Perspectives from the In-custody Arraignment Team, and a new DUI alternative
September 16, 2016 (10:00 - 3:00) Benton County Health Department Training Room
CLE Agenda

OPD Summer, 2016 CLE Program - Working with Mentally Ill Clients, Immigration Law Update, Storytelling for Litigation Lawyers
June, 2016
Presenters: Dr. Mark McClung; Raymond Hui; Eric Hsu
CLE Agenda

OPD Fall 2015 CLE Program - Innocence Project, Audio Forensics, DUI Defense, Immigration, Juvenile Dependency Cases and Conflicts of Interest (Ethics credit pending)
October 9, 2015 (8:30 - 4:00) Benton County Health Department Training Room
Presenters: Prof Jacqueline McMurtrie; Allen Combes; Michael Vander Sys; Raymond Hui; Eric Hsu; Alex Sheridan; Jennifer Azure
CLE Agenda

Mental Health First Aid (presented by Benton County District Court)
September 21, 2015 (all day) Benton County Health Department Training Room

OPD Summer 2015 CLE Program - Mental Health, the Draeger Breath Test Machine, and Immigration
July 10, 2015 (8:30 am - 12:00 noon) Benton County Health Department Training Room

OPD Spring 2015 CLE Program - "Immigration Update, Public Defense Improvement and Weighting System"
March 27, 2015 (9 AM - 2 PM) Benton County Health Department Training Room
Program Agenda

OPD Winter 2015 CLE Program - Ethics of Stand-by Counsel, Killer Cross-Examination Strategies, Performance Metrics for Public Defenders
March, 2015
Presenters: Eric Hsu, Alexandria Sheridan
CLE Agenda

OPD 2014 Trial Advocacy Clinic
December, 2014
Facilitators: Scott Johnson; Brian Roach; Eric Hsu
CLE Agenda

OPD Fall 2014 CLE Program - "Mental Health/RCW 10.77 Evaluations, Overcoming Emotional Hurdles and Costs of Being Responsible for Other People's Lives, Mt Vernon Case Part 2: Tracking Important Metrics)
October 31, 2014 (10:00 AM - 3:30 PM)  **Please note that the last session of the day, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, is on best practices for working with Eastern State Hospital for competency evaluations, and is open to prosecutors and judges as well as public defenders**
Approved for 4.5 General, Live CLE Credits
Agenda as Submitted for CLE approval

OPD Summer 2014 CLE Program - "Driver License Suspensions, Strategies for Difficult Clients, Digital Forensics and DOC's FOSA Program (this program has already occurred - contact BCOPD for access to a video play-back of the seminar for CLE credit)
July 11, 2014 (8:30 AM - 2:00 PM) Benton County Health Department Training Room
Approved for
 5.5 general, live CLE credits (actual maximum of 4.75 credits due to scheduling change)
Final Agenda

OPD Spring 2014 CLE Program - "Effective Defense, Legal Update and Immigration Law" (this program has already occurred)
April 11, 2014 (9 AM - 1 PM) Benton County Health Department Training Room
Course materials: 
Special Report on Wilbur v. Mt. Vernon;
"Standing in the Gap" - Defending LFOs

OPD Fall 2013 CLE Program - "Crime Scene Forensics and Mental Health" 
November 8, 2013 (10 AM - 2 PM) Benton County Health Department Training Room

OPD 2013 Trial Advocacy Clinic 
July 26, 2013 (all day) Benton County Health Department Training Room and Benton County Superior Courtroom C
Facilitators: Scott Johnson; Larry Ziegler; Eric Hsu
CLE Agenda

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