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Calendar of MDefenders Events

Zoom Coffee Chat for 1L Members

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Zoom Link (You will need to log in to Zoom with your umich credentials to access the event)

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join Professor Eve Brensike Primus for a Zoom coffee chat where we can talk about how the first year of law school is going, what your summer job search looks like, or whatever else you'd be interested in talking about.  This is a chance for 1Ls who are interested in public defense work or criminal justice reform to spend some time with each other and for Professor Primus to get to know you a little better and vice versa.  


ZOOM COFFEE CHAT FOR 2L MEMBERS

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Zoom Link (You will need to log in to Zoom with your umich credentials to access the event)

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join Professor Eve Brensike Primus for a Zoom coffee chat where we can talk about how the second year of law school is going, what your summer job search looks like, or whatever else you'd be interested in talking about.  This is a chance for 2Ls who are interested in public defense work or criminal justice reform to spend some time with each other and for Professor Primus to get to know you a little better and vice versa.  

ZOOM COFFEE CHAT FOR 3L MEMBERS

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Zoom Link (You will need to log in to Zoom with your umich credentials to access the event)

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join Professor Eve Brensike Primus for a Zoom coffee chat where we can talk about how the last year of law school is going, what your post-grad job search looks like, or whatever else you'd be interested in talking about.  This is a chance for 3Ls who are interested in public defense work or criminal justice reform to spend some time with each other and for Professor Primus to get to know you a little better and vice versa.  

MDefenders FEBRUARY monthly meeting

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Zoom Link (You will need to log in to Zoom with your umich credentials to access the event)

Each month the MDefenders group comes together to talk and learn about subjects particular to public defenders. Our February meeting will be about Public Defender Self-Care (how to set boundaries with clients and with work, how to work efficiently without guilt, how to address imposter syndrome, and how to deal with the secondary trauma of the job and avoid burnout).  Grab a lunch and come for this important discussion.

mdefenders MARCH monthly meeting

Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Zoom Link (You will need to log in to Zoom with your umich credentials to access the event)

Each month the MDefenders group comes together to talk and learn about subjects particular to public defenders. Our March meeting will be about how to organize and manage a large caseload.  Grab a lunch and come hear about different ways to organize your files and stay on top of things in a volume practice.  

COURSE SELECTION ADVICE FOR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN PUBLIC DEFENSE 

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Zoom Link (You will need to log in to Zoom with your umich credentials to access the event)

Grab a lunch and come learn more about the different course offerings -- what classes and clinics you should take if you want to do indigent defense. 2L & 3L MDefenders will talk to you about different classes (and the different professors who teach them) so this is your chance to ask all of those questions that you don't want to ask on LawOpen.  

mdefenders april monthly meeting

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Zoom Link (You will need to log in to Zoom with your umich credentials to access the event)

Each month the MDefenders group comes together to talk and learn about subjects particular to public defenders. At our April meeting, we will talk about how to assist clients who are struggling with mental illness.  

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SUMMER IN A PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Zoom Link (You will need to log in to Zoom with your umich credentials to access the event)

How do you make the most of a summer internship in a public defender's office.  Grab a lunch and come hear from 2L and 3L students about what they did to learn the most during their summer internships.

public defender TRAINING INSTITUTE

In addition to these events, the Public Defender Training Institute (PDTI) offers a number of additional opportunities to learn about public defender work and develop relevant skills. If you are interested in auditing a PDTI session, please contact Professor Primus at ebrensik@umich.edu.