Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Training for New Kentucky Prosecutors Next Week

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 24, 2015  
Contact Information:  Leland Hulbert
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659
 


Attorney General Jack Conway announced today that his office will host the Kentucky Prosecutors Institute (KPI) next week to train new prosecutors about courtroom procedure and techniques. KPI will take place April 27-May 1, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, in Lexington, Ky.  Developed in conjunction with the Prosecutors Advisory Council, KPI provides intensive, hands-on training for new prosecutors by using actual courtroom scenarios.

 

“I am pleased that my office provides the best trial training possible for our state’s prosecutors,” said Attorney General Conway. “Learning from some of Kentucky’s most experienced Commonwealth’s and County Attorneys and other nationally renowned experts, new prosecutors will be confident in the courtroom and better equipped to protect citizens across the Commonwealth.”

 

Elected prosecutors and national speakers will conduct lectures and critiques of freshman prosecutors.  The goal of the training is to provide Kentucky prosecutors with up-to-date information about the best trial practices and techniques for effective criminal jury trial presentation.  The topics covered include ethical practices, cross examination and courtroom presentation of opening statements and closing arguments.  Brent Berkley, NDAA Program Director; Jeffrey  Frederick, PhD , Director of Jury Research Services (National Legal Research Group); Melanie Martin, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Little Rock, Ark.;) Kristina Korobov, Supervisor of the Special Victims Team, Indianapolis; and Rick Westmoreland, Deputy Davis County Attorney, Farmington, Utah are among the trainers for the program.

 

“KPI training was an amazing learning opportunity for me as a new Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2000,” said Lynn Pryor, current Commonwealth’s Attorney in Christian County.  “I worked closely with skilled mentors, learned advanced trial tactics and made lasting contacts with prosecutors across the state.  I am honored to be a part of the KPI staff this year and look forward to working with some of Kentucky’s newest and brightest prosecutors.”

 

KPI is coordinated by the staff of the Prosecutors Advisory Council, chaired by Attorney General Conway.  For more information about the Prosecutors Advisory Council, visit http://ag.ky.gov/criminal/pac.