Criminal Defense Legal Training


The criminal defense lawyers of Gilles Law believe strongly in the importance of ongoing and rigorous criminal defense training. As such, both criminal defense attorneys have completed extensive criminal defense training. Both lawyers are graduates of the UNC School of Government Defender Trial School (2018). Additionally, Gael is a graduate of the Trial Skills Academy – Defender Services Training Division (2019). In addition, see below for a for a list of some of the training that the criminal defense attorneys have undergone.

Criminal Defense Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminars/Training Sessions that the criminal defense attorneys have attended:

  1. Brady and Body Cams
  2. The DWI Jury Trial in North Carolina: How to Effectively Try a DWI Case to a Jury and WIN
  3. Client Conflicts in Defense Work
  4. Use of Force and Self Defense
  5. Hemp and CBD 101 for Lawyers
  6. Eyewitness Identification Errors: How Do They Happen
  7. Plea Negotiating with an Eye Toward a Future Expunction
  8. How to Make a Successful Record
  9. Prisons, Commitments and Sentencing Credits
  10. Post Release Supervision – From Beginning to End
  11. Making Batson Count: Combating the Use of Race in Jury Selection
  12. State Bar Ethics Enforcement: Overview and Current Issues
  13. Avoiding Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions: 2017 Update
  14. DWI Assessments
  15. Making Mountains Out of Molehills – The Importance of Pretrial Motions
  16. Expunging a Criminal Record
  17. Trying a Criminal Case: Recordation and Sequestration
  18. Trying a Criminal Case: Cross-Examination
  19. Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
  20. Trying a Case: Jury Selection 101 and Making Your Case Before Opening Statements
  21. Trying a Criminal Case: Direct Examination, Objections
  22. Trying a Criminal Case: Motions to Suppress in District Court
  23. Trying a Criminal Case: DWI Pretrial Motions in District Court
  24. Seven Steps to a Winning Opening Statement
  25. District Court Ethics: Duty to Client, Court and Others
  26. Felony Sentencing for the Criminal District Court Practitioner
  27. Trying a Criminal Case: Cross Examination – Putting it Together
  28. A Traffic Law Primer
  29. Practice Pointers for Defending Probation Violations
  30. 8th Floor Matters
  31. Post Release Supervision – From Beginning to End
  32. All You Need is Love, Theme and Theory: How to Apply the Trial School Method
  33. Interpretation of Forensic DNA Mixtures: Pest, Present, and Future
  34. Professionalism for new attorneys
  35. Human Trafficking – Victim Identification and Best Practices
  36. CMPD Electronic monitoring: What You Need to Know
  37. Connecting Clients with Community Resources
  38. Effects of Extended Exposure to Drama and Trauma in the Court Room
  39. Mental Health Experts and Psychological Evaluations
  40. Local Rules for Mecklenburg County
  41. Momentum: DWI & DUI Advocacy for North Carolina and South Carolina
  42. Basic SRV Practice
  43. Criminal Justice Act Federal Training Panel
  44. Federal Sentencing Guidelines Seminar 
  45. 2019 Winning Strategies Seminar II 
  46. Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense II
  47. Defense Motions and Notices for District Court Cases
  48. Ignition Interlock Training
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