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Volunteer jurors for trial skills training program

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ORGANIZATION: New York State Defenders Association

  • 3 people are interested

The New York State Defenders Association, a state-funded not-for-profit organization, will be conducting its Defender Institute Basic Trial Skills Program at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. We are looking for members of the community to volunteer as mock jurors on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, from 8:30 to 12:00 p.m.

The Basic Trial Skills Program teaches new public defenders the trial skills they need to represent the poor. The program has been the recipient of the New York State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section's Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Law Education and has been recommended as a model for similar programs across the state and nation by the Judicial Commission on Minorities.

We have found that using members of the public as potential jurors helps our students achieve a realistic learning experience. We need real people from all walks of life who can be questioned in a simulated courtroom environment. By volunteering, you will not only help train young public defenders, but will also get a keen insight into how juries are selected in criminal trials.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Julia D'Agostino, Legal Training Coordinator, with your name, email address, and any accomodations you may need to: training@nysda.org or (518) 465-3524 x28 by Monday, June 3rd. We would also appreciate it if you would tell anyone interested in helping - family members, friends or colleagues.

Thank you for your consideration.

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About New York State Defenders Association


194 Washington Avenue, Suite 500, Albany, NY 12210, US

Mission Statement

The New York State Defenders Association has the following purposes:

(a) to promote an interchange of ideas and experiences concerning the criminal defense of persons throughout the State of New York who are unable to afford counsel; (b) to provide adequate information to the public relative to the criminal defense of persons unable to afford counsel, and engage in a statewide program of community legal education developed in conjunction with individuals and community organizations;

(c) to coordinate, upgrade, make uniform, and thus, improve the quality of the delivery of legal services to persons in the State of New York unable to afford counsel;

(d) to establish standards for personnel and practices in the field of criminal defense for persons unable to afford counsel and create a viable organization to advocate on their behalf;

(e) to foster sound legislation in the field of criminal defense for those persons unable to afford counsel and promote adequate services and facilities in this field;

(f) to stimulate public support for an adequate system of criminal defense representation and promote measures for the protection of persons unable to afford such representation;

(g) to cooperate with public and private criminal justice agencies, the judiciary, the bar, and all other organizations interested in the administration of justice;

(h) to publish periodicals to promote the purposes and objectives of the corporation;

i) to conduct training and continuing legal education programs; and

(j) to, in general, do what may be required to give effect to and carry forward the purposes of the corporation without discriminating because of race, national origin, religious belief, age, or sex.


The New York State Defenders Association is the largest criminal defense bar association in New York and a state-funded not-for-profit legal resource backup center for public defenders, legal aid lawyers and assigned counsel. In its role as a backup center, NYSDA provides training, publications, research, and consultation to attorneys throughout New York.


Advocacy & Human Rights
Justice & Legal
Advocacy & Human Rights, Justice & Legal


Tue Jun 11, 2024
08:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Skidmore College815 N BroadwaySaratoga Springs, NY 12866




  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Volunteers need to be available from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. Volunteers are welcome to join us for lunch immediately following the experience.

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