ASA TRAINING PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The Office of the Miami-Dade State Attorney provides each Assistant State Attorney with innovative and comprehensive training. The training program, led by two full time Training Directors, includes interactive workshops, in-house lectures, seminars, and symposiums. Oftentimes, in-house trainings are conducted in conjunction with one or more of the thirty-five local law enforcement agencies, State Attorney’s Offices from other jurisdictions, or the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association (FPAA). Both Training Directors serve as members of both the FPAA Educational Committee and the Witness Justice Advisory Board, a national victims’ rights organization.Each Assistant State Attorney embarks on his or her career with an intensive six week introductory training program. The program, unsurpassed by any other in the country, consists of a combination of classroom lectures, interactive workshops, and in-court observation and participation. Additionally, each Assistant State Attorney participates in a sophisticated mentoring program.
One of the primary goals of the training program is to facilitate effective communication between Assistant State Attorneys and members of the law enforcement community. One of the ways this goal is achieved is through inter-agency, in-house, and multi-jurisdictional trainings. The Training Directors serve on the Police-Prosecutor Coordinating Committee (PPCC) Educational Committee to further this objective.
Priorities of the training program include familiarizing Assistant State Attorneys with critical changes in the law, forensic science, and technology. Each Assistant State Attorney is provided with access to hundreds of criminal law outlines to assist in case preparation. In addition, the training program maintains a Continuing Legal Education Library. There, each in-house lecture and seminar is stored in the form of a videotape and is available for sign-out and application for bar credit. The Training Directors track each Assistant State Attorney’s Continuing Legal Education requirements and communicate with the Florida Bar to ensure that all attorneys have maintained appropriate reporting requirements.
In addition to the vast in-house resources provided to each Assistant State Attorney, the training program offers numerous opportunities for attorneys to develop specialized skills in particular areas of prosecution. This is effectuated through out-of-office trainings. These trainings provide opportunity for travel, enhanced inter-agency interaction, and valuable networking opportunity.