The National Criminal Defense College has been engaged in the highest level of skills-based training in the country for over thirty years.  Our incredibly gifted faculty selflessly shares their ideas, experiences and feedback with every participant who steps through our doors.  Your donation in any amount is welcome!

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In 1985, the National Criminal Defense College was established under the leadership of Deryl Dantzler and she held the position of Dean for thirty years.  In honor of her devotion to the College, The Deryl Dantzler Scholarship Fund was created to continue the thirty-year tradition of offering scholarships to participants in need. 

Many have donated to this Fund and to other scholarship funds in the past. These donations have made it possible for so many students to attend the Trial Practice Institute who might not otherwise have had the opportunity.

In fact, each year a substantial number of students attend the TPI on full or partial scholarships made possible by our donors. These students take the lessons learned during their time at NCDC back to their firms, their offices, and most importantly, their clients.

A full scholarship for the Summer Trial Practice Institute includes $2,500 for tuition and $775 in housing fees for a shared double room. We are pleased to accept donations as small as $20 and as large as $10,000. Your contribution, however large or small, is tax deductible. Scholarships may be designated to honor or remember any person and recipients may be restricted by geography, membership, type of practice or other attribute.

If you would like to turn the Trial Practice Institute into a reality for one of our participants, please consider donating to the Deryl Dantzler Scholarship Fund.

The message of the National Criminal Defense College will live on in each of these students—thanks in no small part to you.  Please support NCDC by clicking on the DONATE button below.

Click HERE to Donate to the Deryl Dantzler Scholarship Fund.

In addition to the Deryl Dantzler Scholarship Fund, the National Criminal Defense College is privileged to partner with a number of other organizations to provide scholarships for Trial Practice Institute Participants. 

The American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) provides a generous donation which enables NCDC to grant scholarships to Trial Practice Institute applicants who demonstrate a financial need and an outstanding commitment to criminal defense.  This scholarship is administered directly by NCDC.

State Level Scholarships

We are also extremely grateful to the following state organizations and groups which provide scholarship support for NCDC Trial Practice Institute participants.

Alabama: The Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association awards a full tuition and housing scholarship to one selected ACDLA applicant.  

Georgia: The Al Horne Scholarship from the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (honoring the late Al Horn, a founding member of GACDL) is awarded in varying amounts to 4-5  GACDL members each year.

Kansas: The Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers funds two full tuition and housing scholarships for two participants from Kansas chosen by the organization.

Kentucky: The Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers will award a full tuition scholarship to one KACDL member. Applications can be found at THIS LINK.

Louisiana: Camille Gravel Scholarship Fund:  Scholarship founded in honor of the late political and legal giant Camille Gravel out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Administered in cooperation with the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  Certain eligibility requirements apply.

Massachusetts: The Committee for Public Counsel funds multiple selected lawyers who provide indigent defense in Massachusetts.  

Nebraska: Fiedler Fund of Nebraska (in honor of the late Don Fiedler):  Four participants are selected each year and fully funded for all expenses to attend the Trial Practice Institute.  

Nevada: The Leroy Arrascada Memorial Scholarship is coordinated by donations from attorneys in the Washoe County Public Defender. It covers tuition and housing expenses for attorneys from the Washoe County Public Defender.

Nevada: Attorneys for Criminal Justice awards full tuition and housing funds to one Nevada attorney.

New Mexico: The New Mexico Group Scholarship is funded by private donations to cover tuition and housing expenses for a New Mexico lawyer.

New York: The Jack T. Litman Twelve Angry Men Scholarship (sponsored by the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) covers tuition annually for one Trial Practice Institute attendee. The Scholarship is funded by monies raised by the Association’s production of Twelve Angry Men which was performed by Martin B. Adelman, William I. Aronwald, Robert Fogelnest, Lawrence S. Goldman, Jack Hoffinger, Michael Kennedy, the late Gerald Labush, the late Jack T. Litman, Robert Morvillo, Gustave Newman, Murray Richman and Luther C. Williams, Jr.

Ohio: Friends to the Indigent in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a privately funded scholarship started by TPI alumni in Cincinnati, Ohio.  They found the experience so impactful that they wanted to “pay it forward.”  The scholarship is awarded to both private and public defense counsel.  Private defense counsel are not only provided with tuition and housing, but also receive a $2000 stipend to offset lost earnings during the program.

Oregon: Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association:  Provides $500 tuition credit to two member participants.

Pennsylvania (Harrisburg): Robert N. Tarman Memorial Scholarship:  Awarded by the Dauphin County Bar Association in honor of the late Robert N. Tarman, a long time public defender and public advocate from Dauphin County, Pennsylvania (Harrisburg). It covers full tuition and housing expenses for a Pennsylvania lawyer.

Rhode Island: The Rhode Island Criminal Defense Lawyers Association William Reilly Scholarship funds tuition, housing and travel expenses for two Rhode Island lawyers selected to attend the Trial Practice Institute.

Virginia (Alexandria): The Alexandria Group:  A group of Trial Practice Institute alumni from the Alexandria, Virginia Public Defender’s Office pool resources to enable other public defenders from their office to attend the Trial Practice Institute.

Washington: Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers:  Full tuition and housing expenses awarded to a WACDL member.

Washington: The Judy Clarke Public Service Scholarship and the John Adams Memorial Scholarship (created by the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington & Idaho) awards a full tuition and housing scholarship to to a CJA panel attorney and a public defender from their district. Judy Clarke is a nationally renowned attorney who represents defendants charged in some of the most challenging cases. She was one of the original board members of the National Criminal Defense College. The late John Adams served as the Kootenai County (Idaho) Public Defender’s Office for over twenty years.

Wisconsin: Tom Eigel Memorial Scholarship Fund of Wisconsin:  Awarded to a public defender from Wisconsin. Covers full tuition and housing expenses. Funded by private donations.  Tom Eigel was an attorney at the Wisconsin State Public Defender Milwaukee trial office who died in a tragic car accident in the early 1990's.   CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO THE TOM EIGEL FUND.

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