Four students were honored during the 2023 Gerald T. Bennett Public Defender and Prosecutor Trial Training Program for embodying the mission, goals, and spirit of the program. Center, L–R: Stephen Kowalski, Seventh Circuit Office of the Public Defender; Rachel Anderson, Ninth Circuit Office of the Public Defender; Bryan Lawlor, 12th Circuit Office of the State Attorney; and Melanie Moulder, 13th Circuit Office of the Public Defender.

The Criminal Law Section hosted its Gerald T. Bennett Prosecutor/Public Defender Trial Training Program July 23–27 in Gainesville in conjunction with the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

The State of Florida provides legislative funding for the annual program, which has taken place since 1979. Prosecutors, judges, public defenders, and private criminal defense attorneys serve as faculty members. This year, 73 young attorneys from Public Defender and State Attorney offices around the state participated.

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