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2019 IACDL Sun Valley Conference

The Idaho State Public Defense Commission in partnership with IACDL is pleased to invite you to the 2019 IACDL Sun Valley Conference

Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, 2019, at the Sun Valley Inn.

PDC Registration Closed

The PDC has received a tremendous amount of response on the Sun Valley Conference, so great in fact that all of our slots have been filled and we have closed registration. 

To all who submitted registration forms, thank you.  For those who did not submit a registration form but would still like to attend, you may register with IACDL directly their website.  Unfortunately the PDC will not be able to cover any portion of your expenses to attend the conference.

Thank you so much for your interest in this training, we look forward to seeing all of you in Sun Valley. 

The Public Defense Commission is excited to offer all institutional and contract public defenders across the state an opportunity to attend the IACDL Sun Valley Conference at a reduced cost.  The PDC will cover the cost of registration and two nights lodging at the Sun Valley Inn for all public defenders that are interested in attending.  The two-day conference will offer an approach to trial work that takes a proactive posture towards presenting a defense and going to trial.   IACDL has arranged for a number of wonderful presenters from around the country to share their wisdom and years of experience, including:

Tamara Brady, who has represented some of the most high-profile defendants in Colorado, including James Holmes, the Aurora Theater shooter,

Jason Ser, a federal public defender from the Eastern and Southern District of New York,

Brett Willis, a trial attorney from Georgia who also serves on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College,

Keith Belzer, a seasoned attorney in private practice in Wisconsin, a few years ago NACDL named him one of their top speakers,

and Andre Vitale, who is the training director for the Rochester, NY public defender office and serves on the faculties of Gideon's Promise and the Bronx Defenders Trial Academy.

There will also be presentations from our own:

Mike Palmer, an attorney in private practice from Coeur d'Alene,

Scott McKay, an attorney in private practice from Boise,

Maya Waldron and Jenny Swinford, from the State Appellate Public Defenders' Office, who will give us a case update,

and a 2019 Legislative Update presented by Paul Riggins and Andrew Masser.

The Public Defense Commission will provide the cost of registration for the conference and two nights lodging at the Sun Valley Inn.  A modest travel stipend will also be available for those driving/flying a distance of 200 miles or more one way.     If there are any small groups interested in sharing a condo please contact me so that I can obtain the necessary information to check on availability. Additional travel and lodging information will be provided upon receipt of registration.

Friday night, IACDL will be hosting their annual Banquet. In addition to great food, conversation, and the IACDL yearly Awards Presentation, they will have a keynote address from Andre Vitale, entitled "The Successful Transformation from a Criminal Litigation Attorney to a Client Centered Advocate."  This year, IACDL will also be holding a silent auction and fundraiser that evening, with the proceeds going towards our lobbying and criminal justice reform efforts.

If you have any questions regarding the details of the conference, or logistics, please contact Nichole Devaney, at (208) 332-1735 or

Mission Statement

The Idaho Public Defense Commission is committed to improving the delivery of trial-level indigent defense services by serving the Counties and Indigent Defense Providers of Idaho. We strive to ensure that the safeguards of the 6thAmendment to the United States Constitution and Article I, Sect. 13 of the State Constitution are met. We will collect data, support compliance with standards, provide training, and administer grants to achieve fair and just representation of the accused. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

Click here for a copy of the 2018 Report to the Legislature.


The State Public Defense Commission:

  • Maintains standards to ensure that defending attorneys are providing representation within the safeguards of the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article I, Sect. 13 of the Idaho Constitution;
  • Serves as a clearing house of information for relevant stakeholders;
  • Provides funding to Counties as appropriated by the legislature to ensure compliance with standards;
  • Provides training to defending attorneys; and
  • Keeps the Legislature apprised of any issues that affect the indigent defense system in Idaho.
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