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2020 Making the Case for Life Seminar - Virtual Event

Online - CLE Credits: 14.5 General

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Make the case...for your client's life at NACDL's 22nd Annual Making the Case for Life Seminar.  This virtual seminar is designed to help capital defenders, investigators, and mitigation specialists. Participants will hear cutting-edge presentations regarding pretrial investigations, capital jury selection, new perspectives on discovering the story of the client and mitigation evidence.  Attendees will learn from seasoned capital trial lawyers, nationally-known law professors, and jury consultants, who will offer their personal perspectives, advice, and proven strategies for making the best case for life. If you are handling or may handle a case in which your client is facing the death penalty, then this is a must-attend virtual program for you.

DATES: LIMITED ENGAGEMENT: Airs Thursday, August 27 - Friday, August 28
Webinar DURATION: Approx. 14.5 hours
CLE: This training may be eligible for self-study CLE credit, where authorized. The program is currently pending in all states that allow self-study credits.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Webinar link will be sent to you in a confirmation email. REGISTRANTS WILL HAVE 21 days to complete the entire program.


1. Waking up to Justice: Death Penalty Work and the Deepest, Most Compelling Spiritual Adventure of my Life  – Sister Helen Prejean (New Orleans, LA)
2. Trying the Case With Your Heart: Making the Jury Care  – Richard Jaffe (Birmingham, AL)
3. Knowing What You Don't Know: Investigating a Capital Case – Marc Bookman (Philadelphia, PA)
4. Aggressive Investigation in Capital Cases – Richard Kammen (Indianapolis, IN)
5. Preparing for What's Next: Creative Motions Practice in a Capital Case – Marc Bookman (Philadelphia, PA)
6. Combining Non-Capital and Capital Voir Dire – Richard Kammen (Indianapolis, IN)
7. Colorado Voir Dire Method – Tamara Brady (Greeley, CO) & David Wymore (Boulder, CO)
8. The Capital Jury Project – Prof. Scott E. Sundby (Coral Gables, FL)
9. Storytelling for Life – Chris Adams (Charleston, SC)
10. Staking Out the Story - The Path to Life – Richard Jasper (New York, NY)
11. Mental Health as Mitigation – Tamara Brady (Greeley, CO)
12. Conducting a Culturally Competent Mitigation Investigation – Felicia Sullivan (Jacksonville Beach, FL)
13. Making RICO Work For You in a Capital Case by Frontloading Mitigation – Richard Jasper (New York, NY)


CLE Information

This training may be eligible for self-study CLE credit, where authorized. The program is currently pending in all states that allow self-study credits.


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Members of NACDL enjoy exclusive registration rates for our seminars along with all the benefits from joining.

Registration Fees
Regular, Life, and Sustaining Members $169
Non Members (includes 1 year membership)  $199
ALL Public Defenders $129
ALL Mitigation Specialists $149
ALL Investigators $149
Groups of 4 or more PDs (must register at the same time; 1 payment; no changes or cancellations allowed) $119

Code of Conduct

NACDL endeavors to foster a working, learning, and social environment free of harassment, discrimination, intimidation, and insult. To that end, NACDL has adopted a Code of Conduct for Affiliated Persons that applies to all attendees and participants of any kind at all NACDL sponsored events.

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