P/PD Trial Advocacy Program
The P/PD Committee oversees the administration of the CLS/UF Law Gerald T. Bennett Public Defender Prosecutor Trial Training Program. This program is now over the 40-year mark and trains young prosecutors and public defenders to strengthen and develop more sophisticated trial skills. The Committee coordinates lodging, food, room scheduling, and other logistics. Committee members are responsible for faculty invitations/appointments and recruit expert speakers for ethics and forensic science lectures. P/PD faculty are selected from the prosecution, the defense, and the judiciary, and represent different demographics and geographical areas of the state. Each year, a Queen’s Counsel from the United Kingdom is among the faculty members and four junior barristers are among the students. Because of the great emphasis placed on courtroom advocacy in the British system, the barristers bring a fresh perspective to the program. The P/PD Program emphasizes courtesy, professionalism, and empathy between the two sides of criminal practice.