2023 Appellate Defender Training

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023 12:00 pm to Friday, January 20, 2023 5:00 pm
Denver, Colorado

The 2023 National Appellate Defender Training (ADT) offers an intensive four-day learning experience. ADT is designed specifically for attorneys who represent indigent defendants in criminal and delinquency appeals in the state and federal court systems. This national skills training brings together court and appellate public defenders at the state and federal levels, assigned counsel, contract defenders, and Criminal Justice Act private attorneys for a multi-day program.

ADT has two objectives: 1) To assist appellate defense advocates in writing and delivering quality appellate briefs and writs, to improve the quality of appellate advocacy in the United States Supreme Court and other state and federal courts, 2) To provide a supportive national community for state and federal appellate advocates.

This is the only appellate defender conference in the nation where participants work on their own real cases, not just hypothetical problems.

Registration for the 2023 Appellate Defender Training is now closed.


The 2023 ADT hotel is the

Element Denver Downtown East

1314 Elati Street

Denver, Colorado 80204

Once you register, be sure to book your hotel here!


Want to know more about what to expect from this year's training? Prefer to register via paper mail? Download our registration brochure below:
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ADT COVID-19 Policy:

Our main priority is the health and safety of all those who attend NLADA events. NLADA will comply with all federal and local mandates and policies regarding COVID-19 and reserves the right to revise this policy and/or institute additional precautions as circumstances may warrant.

To facilitate a healthy space for all, attendees to NLADA’s events are required to provide proof of full vaccination as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or proof of negative viral COVID test administered by a healthcare professional taken within 3-days of the meeting arrival date, to attend in person. NLADA will continue to monitor these policies considering any new CDC guidance or recommendations. Further, NLADA encourages attendees to take a rapid test after traveling to the conference. NLADA will encourage attendees to maintain social distancing as much as possible.

Further, NLADA will require that a mask be worn during the event. Practices such as removing masks for eating or drinking should be carefully done, to include when congregating in local restaurants and bars.

Proof of vaccinations or negative viral COVID test administered by a healthcare professional taken within 3-days of the meeting arrival date should be emailed to [email protected].