Training Date
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Training Location
U.S Courthouse
Session Date
Session Start Time
8:00 am
Session End Date
8:30 am
Session Topic
Sign In
Session Date
Session Start Time
8:30 am
Session End Date
9:15 am
Session Topic
Overview
Session Description
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.
Session Speaker(s)
Cynthia Short
Session Date
Session Start Time
9:15 am
Session End Date
10:15 am
Session Topic
Where Do I Start?
Session Description
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?
Session Speaker(s)
Cynthia Short
Session Date
Session Start Time
10:15 am
Session End Date
10:30 am
Session Topic
Break
Session Date
Session Start Time
10:30 am
Session End Date
11:30 am
Session Topic
Developing and Maintaining a Relationship with Your Client (ETHICS)
Session Description
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?
Session Speaker(s)
Tim Burdick
Session Handouts
Session Date
Session Start Time
11:30 am
Session End Date
12:30 am
Session Topic
The Use of Videos as Sentencing Mitigation
Session Description
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!
Session Speaker(s)
Mary Kay Poirer
Brian Gaddy
Session Date
Session Start Time
12:30 pm
Session End Date
1:00 pm
Session Topic
Thinking Outside the Box
Session Description
Thinking outside the box: why new mitigation ideas should be explored and how it’s worked in other cases.
Session Speaker(s)
Cynthia Short
Session Date
Session Start Time
1:45 pm
Session End Date
2:15 pm
Session Topic
Real Videos
Session Description
Real videos used here and elsewhere.
Session Speaker(s)
Mary Kay Poirer
Session Date
Session Start Time
2:15 pm
Session End Date
3:00 pm
Session Topic
Mapping to Help Tell the Story
Session Description
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.
Session Speaker(s)
Julie Urbanik
Session Handouts
Session Date
Session Start Time
3:00 pm
Session End Date
3:15 pm
Session Topic
Defense Initiated Victim Outreach (ETHICS)
Session Description
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?
Session Speaker(s)
Kate Siska
Session Date
Session Start Time
3:15 pm
Session End Date
3:30 pm
Session Topic
Break
Session Date
Session Start Time
3:30 pm
Session End Date
4:15 pm
Session Topic
The Subjective Impact of Punishment
Session Description
Dr. Sexton is a criminologist who studies the impact of punishment on the offender. The execution of long prison sentences has a measurable impact on clients. What is the impact when the sentence is a hopeless one, like life without parole? Telling your client’s story includes educating the judge on this important issue.
Session Speaker(s)
Dr. Lori Sexton
Session Handouts
Session Date
Session Start Time
4:15 pm
Session End Date
4:30 pm
Session Topic
Getting the Funding
Session Description
Surely everyone agrees that we are ethically bound to pursue sentencing mitigation on behalf of our clients. But how do we accomplish this when we must seek funding from the Court? Moderators Brian Gaddy and Jeremy Weis will lead a conversation with program participants about obtaining CJA money for this important work.
Session Speaker(s)
Brian Gaddy
Jeremy Weis