All Day Sentencing Mitigation CLE

Training Date: 
April 27, 2017
Training Location: 
U.S Courthouse

Apr 27 2017

8:00 am - 8:30 am Sign In
Session Handout(s):
8:30 am - 9:15 am Overview
In 1988 six Kansas City Missouri firefighters were killed in an explosion. Bryan Sheppard was 17 years old. In 1997 Bryan was sentenced to life after being convicted of involvement in the arson fire that caused the explosion. But in 2012 the Supreme Court decided in Miller v. Alabama that mandatory life sentences without parole are unconstitutional for juvenile offenders. And so began Bryan’s journey to freedom with Cynthia Short and her team. In March, 2017, after having served 22 years in prison, Bryan was released from custody. Cyndy will share lessons learned from the Sheppard case that will help you see the value of expert sentencing mitigation efforts.
Speaker(s): Cynthia Short
Session Handout(s):
9:15 am - 10:15 am Where Do I Start?
But where do we begin sentencing mitigation? How do you identify the types of experts and resources you will need to tell your client’s story? How do you fund this sort of work? How do you decide what to do and in which cases?
Speaker(s): Cynthia Short
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10:15 am - 10:30 am Break
Session Handout(s):
10:30 am - 11:30 am Developing and Maintaining a Relationship with Your Client (ETHICS)
Our clients are often not their own best story tellers. They trust us to tell their stories for them, but first they have to trust us with their stories. How do you develop that trust relationship with your client? How do you maintain it in the midst of the adversarial criminal justice system? Why are you ethically bound to develop and maintain this trust relationship with your clients?
Speaker(s): Tim Burdick
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11:30 am - 12:30 pm The Use of Videos as Sentencing Mitigation
You can use videos to easily and effectively tell your client’s story. Mary Kay and Brian will share some of their real life WDMO and DKS stories where videos helped a client at sentencing. They will also discuss with you how to obtain the funding for these projects. It’s probably less expensive than you think!
Speaker(s): Mary Kay Poirer, Brian Gaddy
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Thinking Outside the Box
Thinking outside the box: why new mitigation ideas should be explored and how it’s worked in other cases
Speaker(s): Cynthia Short
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1:45 pm - 2:15 pm Real Videos
Real videos used here and elsewhere
Speaker(s): Mary Kay Poirer
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2:15 pm - 3:00 pm Mapping to Help Tell the Story
Geographer Julie Urbanik uses location and body maps to help tell a client’s story. If you knew your client had never been more than 20 miles from his home, would it help you better understand the influences in his life? Do you know the stories behind your client’s scars and tattoos? This new tool in sentencing mitigation can be a powerful aid in telling your client’s story.
Speaker(s): Julie Urbanik
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3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Defense Initiated Victim Outreach (ETHICS)
Many people think Defense Initiated Victim Outreach (DIVO) is relevant only in the world of capital defense. But whenever there is a victim, there is the potential for DIVO. When is it appropriate? What ethical issues come up when you are deciding whether to engage in DIVO, and how?
Speaker(s): Kate Siska

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