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Monday, June 4
 

1:00pm

Registration
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Monday June 4, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Liberty Ballroom Foyer Ballroom Level

4:00pm

Opening Plenary Session - Peer Influences on Adolescent Decision-Making: Lessons for Legal Practitioners
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A disproportionate number of crimes committed by juveniles are committed in groups, and, in many states, juveniles who are part of a group that commits a crime share responsibility for the offense, regardless of their degree of participation. In his landmark ruling in Roper v. Simmons, Justice Anthony Kennedy listed juveniles’ susceptibility to peer influence as one of three factors that mitigates their criminal culpability. In this presentation, recent findings from research on peer influences on adolescent decision-making and risk-taking will be discussed, with an emphasis on differences between adolescents and adults in the ways they respond to peers. New studies of adolescent brain development reveal why juveniles are especially vulnerable to peer influence. Understanding the ways in which peers influence each other has important implications for determinations of young people’s criminal responsibility.

Speakers
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Laurence Steinberg

Distinguished University Professor and the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology, Temple University
Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D., one of the world's leading experts on adolescence, is a distinguished university professor and the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University. He taught previously at Cornell University, the University of California, Irvine, and the University... Read More →


Monday June 4, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Liberty Ballroom D Ballroom Level

5:00pm

Networking Reception
Meet and mingle with your colleagues. Catch up with old friends and make new ones.

Monday June 4, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Horizons Rooftop Ballroom Rooftop
 
Tuesday, June 5
 

7:30am

Registration
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Tuesday June 5, 2018 7:30am - 3:00pm
Liberty Ballroom Foyer Ballroom Level

8:30am

Disability Accommodations: What is Needed for Our Clients
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Even those defendants who are ultimately found competent to proceed, or for whom competency to stand trial was never raised, psychiatric and cognitive disabilities such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, traumatic brain injury, and/or intellectual disabilities can pose serious obstacles to the client's ability to grasp proceedings in real time and to retain newly learned information. As individuals with disabilities, these defendants are entitled to reasonable accommodations in court. An effective accommodations evaluation provides teams with a summary of how the defendant's impairments affect their competency-related capacities and how accommodations can be utilized to improve their functioning in court. Such an evaluation also typically describes mechanisms for documenting the effectiveness of the accommodations so that the interventions can be refined over the course of legal proceedings. Dr. Sara Boyd and Dr. Joette James will describe the benefits of these evaluations, basic underlying theories and principles, standard evaluation procedures, and the contents of an effective accommodations evaluation report, with real-life examples of accommodations for defendants.

Speakers
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Sara Boyd

Clinical Psychologist, Institute of Law, Psychiatry, & Public Policy
Sara E. Boyd, Ph.D., completed her forensic psychology postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, where she currently conducts criminal and civil evaluations for state and federal courts, consults, supervises trainees... Read More →
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Joette James

Neuropsychologist, Neuropsychological Evaluation & Consulting Services
Dr. Joette James completed her doctoral decree in clinical psychology at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, an internship at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital, and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Children’s National... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Freedom E Mezzanine Level

8:30am

Effective Team Collaboration for Sentencing Preparation and Ethical Challenges
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This session will focus on team dynamics in collaboration and preparation for effective sentencing. How are the ways that attorneys and mitigation specialists prepare for sentencing similar and different? Additionally, it is important to highlight the importance of understanding and respecting the roles on the team with a focus toward effective communication to advocate for the best sentencing outcome. Areas that will be covered include: rapport building, records gathering, use of experts, use of research articles, importance of positive mitigation, report writing, team awareness, family preparation, understanding the audience, and courtroom advocacy. Key ethical dilemmas will be briefly discussed, highlighting scenarios that are common and could threaten the team collaboration and dynamics.

Speakers
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Nicole Buck

Assistant Chief of Adult Social Services, Defender Association of Philadelphia
Nicole Buck is the assistant chief of the Adult Social Services Unit at Defender Association of Philadelphia. She has worked in both social work and mitigation specialist capacities throughout specialized units at the Philadelphia Defender Office since 2011. She became part of the... Read More →
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Stephanie A. Fennell

Homicide Attorney, Defender Association of Philadelphia
Stephanie Fennell is an assistant defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where she is currently a trial attorney in the Homicide Unit. She has been at the Defender Association of Philadelphia since 2010, and she has completed rotations in the Municipal Court Unit, Juvenile... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Freedom F Mezzanine Level

8:30am

From the Courtroom to the Community: Reentry Planning for Youth Charged as Adults and Juvenile Lifers
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This session will share an innovative model for incorporating reentry planning into mitigation investigations and presentations for two groups of individuals who were initially charged in the adult criminal justice system as youth: current young people (under 18) charged as adults and “juvenile lifers,” who as children were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole and are now eligible for resentencing hearings pursuant to the U.S. Supreme Court cases of Miller v. Alabama and Montgomery v. Louisiana. Based in Philadelphia, the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project has developed an innovative model of mitigation and reentry planning that has broad applicability for other jurisdictions. This session will share the specific aspects of our model, lessons we have learned about the importance of planning for reentry from as close to arrest as possible, and how to structure and support the implementation of reentry plans throughout the court process.

Speakers
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Lauren Fine

Co-Director, Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project
Lauren Fine, Esq., is the co-founder and co-director of the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP), a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that uses direct service and policy advocacy to keep children out of adult jails and prisons and to ensure fair and thoughtful resentencing and reentry... Read More →
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Annie Ruhnke

Mitigation Specialist, Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project
Annie Ruhnke is a mitigation specialist with specialized training in trauma and mental health issues. After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice at The George Washington University, Annie joined the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Delaware... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Freedom G Mezzanine Level

8:30am

Variations on a Theme: Mitigation Reports and Beyond
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As sentencing advocates, our written work should and can be as unique as our clients and their lives. Attendees will review and discuss writing materials that can be used in/for all stages of a case, including sentencing. We will discuss skills for gathering information, creating reentry plans, and developing written material that speaks for our clients and offers solutions for the community to consider when thinking about and deciding upon consequences. The session will cover traditional mitigation reports and their development as well as reports less commonly used and how they have been effective in sentencing and mitigation. Attendees will also learn about techniques used to build mitigation, such as interviewing skills, developing relationships with family and community, restorative justice, and record gathering.

Speakers
avatar for Vivianne Guevara

Vivianne Guevara

Director of Social Work and Mitigation, Federal Defenders of New York
Vivianne Guevara earned her Master of Science in Social Work at Columbia University School of Social Work in New York and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at New York University. She is licensed by the state of New York with a Master of Social Work. She is the director of client resources... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Freedom H Mezzanine Level

10:00am

Break
Catch up with old friends and new. Compare notes and delve deeper into the morning's workshop topics.

Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
Liberty Ballroom Foyer Ballroom Level

10:30am

Beyond Diversion: Are Harm Reduction Models and the Criminal Justice System Compatible?
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This presentation will examine intersections among mental health, treatment-based diversion programming, and criminal justice. We will discuss the diversion landscape in Tulsa, Oklahoma, highlighting the experiences of clients at Still She Rises, a holistic defense office representing mothers in North Tulsa. We will tackle the limitations of advocating for recovery and rehabilitation in a punitive criminal justice context and explore the positive impact of harm reduction models of treatment. Using an interactive approach, we will explore ways to educate courtroom players on substance abuse as it correlates to trauma as well as ways service and treatment providers can be stronger advocates in the courtroom.

Speakers
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Kristen Black

Social Worker, Still She Rises, Tulsa: A Project of the Bronx Defenders
Kristen Black received her MSW from the University of Chicago. While earning her degree, she interned at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center providing literacy tutoring, art therapy, and creative writing workshops to young men and women detained in the center. Kristen... Read More →
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Catherine O'Neil

Client Advocate, Still She Rises, Tulsa: A Project of the Bronx Defenders
Catherine O’Neill graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied English and journalism. While at UNC, she interned with the North Carolina Office for Indigent Defense Services and with the Georgia Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Freedom G Mezzanine Level

10:30am

Countertransference in the Criminal Defense & Mitigation Examination
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This workshop will present an overview of countertransference, the feelings evoked in the evaluator in response to the defendant and the serious nature of the crime, sentiments that can have a substantial impact both on the objectivity of the evaluation as well as on the experience of the evaluator. Experts evaluating defendants who have committed heinous crimes may experience a host of feelings from revulsion and anger to shame and remorse about involvement for the defense. Professionals who work in this arena push past their comfort zone and must also develop skills to avoid vicarious traumatization and burnout. Participant discussion will specifically be elicited; come prepared to share!

Speakers
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Julia Curcio-Alexandra

Coordinator, Survivor Evaluation Services, Joseph J. Peters Institute
Dr. Julia Curcio-Alexander is a licensed psychologist who serves as the evaluations coordinator and supervising psychologist in survivor services at the Joseph J. Peters Institute in Philadelphia. She completed her graduate training at Villanova University, Temple University, and... Read More →
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Annie Steinberg

Clinical Professor, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Steinberg is a pediatrician and child and adolescent psychiatrist who is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Steinberg directs the Child Forensic Psychiatry track in the Forensic Psychiatry... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Freedom E Mezzanine Level

10:30am

Juvenile Lifer Resentencings: Lessons Learned from Pennsylvania
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This session will share insights gained from preparing mitigation reports and reentry plans for more than 20 juvenile lifer resentencings and parole hearings in Philadelphia. Based in Philadelphia, the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project has developed an innovative model of mitigation and reentry planning that has broad applicability for other jurisdictions. This session will specifically focus on our work with so-called “juvenile lifers,” who as children were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole and are now eligible for resentencing hearings pursuant to the U.S. Supreme Court cases of Miller v. Alabama and Montgomery v. Louisiana. Philadelphia has sentenced more children to die in prison than any other place in the world, and we hope that the experience here can inform practice in other jurisdictions. Lessons learned include what makes juvenile lifer resentencings different than other cases, the importance of reentry planning, tips for parole prep, and strategies for preparing mitigation reports and other documents.

Speakers
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Lauren Fine

Co-Director, Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project
Lauren Fine, Esq., is the co-founder and co-director of the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP), a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that uses direct service and policy advocacy to keep children out of adult jails and prisons and to ensure fair and thoughtful resentencing and reentry... Read More →
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Annie Ruhnke

Mitigation Specialist, Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project
Annie Ruhnke is a mitigation specialist with specialized training in trauma and mental health issues. After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice at The George Washington University, Annie joined the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Delaware... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Freedom F Mezzanine Level

10:30am

Safety in the Field
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We will discuss basic safety protocols and tips for sentencing advocates, mitigation specialists, and Investigators while working in the field. Topics will include: what to do in preparation for the outing; how to travel to and from the location; and how to handle concerns on the street and at the location. Participants will leave better able to identify safety concerns that could be improved upon, will have a better understanding of safety awareness and protocols, and will feel more empowered and confident when working in the field.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Forte

Sarah Forte

Investigator, Southern Center for Human Rights
Sarah Forte joined the staff of the Southern Center for Human Rights in June 2006 upon graduating from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. As a senior investigator at SCHR Sarah investigates death penalty cases at the trial level and in post-conviction proceedings... Read More →
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Kristen Samuels

Investigator/Paralegal, Southern Center for Human Rights
Kristen Samuels joined the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) team in August 2014. She works as an investigator/paralegal in the Capital Litigation Unit. Kristen investigates death penalty cases at the trial level and various stages of post-conviction. Kristen currently serves... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Freedom H Mezzanine Level

12:00pm

NASAMS Luncheon - Social Justice Lessons Learned from Thurgood Marshall: Lessons from the Past and Implications for the Present and Future
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America faces a pivotal crisis to vehemently defend the U.S. Constitution and protect the civil rights of its citizens. We are living in an era when civil rights of our most vulnerable are blatantly violated. Injustice, discrimination, disparities, and inequities are rampant. Legal activism and the constitutional power to demand social justice can be neither inoperative nor silent. By revisiting the social justice strategies and legal victories of civil rights attorney Thurgood Marshall (e.g., Miranda v. Arizona, 1966; United States v. Price, 1966; Boynton v. Virginia, 1960; Shelley v. Kraemer, 1948; Sweatt v. Painter, 1950), the luncheon speech will draw inspiration to unapologetically uphold and secure justice for all!

Speakers
avatar for Keir Bradford-Grey

Keir Bradford-Grey

Chief Defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia
Keir Bradford-Grey was named chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia in 2015. Previously, she was a trial lawyer at the Defender Association and the Delaware Federal Public Defender’s Office before she was named chief defender for the Montgomery County (PA) Public... Read More →
avatar for Sharon D. Jones-Eversley

Sharon D. Jones-Eversley

Associate Professor, Towson University, Family Studies and Community Development Department
Sharon D. Jones-Eversley, DrPH, is an associate professor at Towson University in the Family Studies and Community Development Department. Dr. Jones-Eversley earned a Doctorate degree in Public Health from Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy. Her interdisciplinary... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Liberty Ballroom D Ballroom Level

2:00pm

Determinants of Death & Socially Disabled Communities: The Death of Freddie Gray Jr. in Sandtown-Winchester
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At the age of 25, Freddie Gray Jr., a resident of Sandtown-Winchester, died in West Baltimore. His death was premature and avoidable! For decades, Sandtown-Winchester has been a socially disabled community. Sandtown-Winchester is only 72 square blocks, and it is populated with 15,518 residents. Yet, Sandtown-Winchester residents’ communal health and well-being outcomes often doubled that of Baltimore City. Socially, ethically, and legally, Sandtown-Winchester residents and community deserve a better quality of life. Through the lens of social epidemiology and legal epidemiology, this workshop will explore ways that transdisciplinary approaches (e.g., public health, legal, human services, researchers, and residents) could assess, advocate, and rectify residents who live is socially disabled communities: 1) violations of civil rights, 2) failed social return on investment (SROI) of government-funded preventive and intervention services and programs, and 3) due process desecrations of residents who are generational products of socially disabled communities.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon D. Jones-Eversley

Sharon D. Jones-Eversley

Associate Professor, Towson University, Family Studies and Community Development Department
Sharon D. Jones-Eversley, DrPH, is an associate professor at Towson University in the Family Studies and Community Development Department. Dr. Jones-Eversley earned a Doctorate degree in Public Health from Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy. Her interdisciplinary... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Freedom H Mezzanine Level

2:00pm

Holistic Representation in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence
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With the increase of poverty, we are having and will continue to find an increase of intimate partner violence (IPV). This session will describe the complexities in which IPV evolves within the criminal system, including parole, basic legal responses to women’s use of force, and the problems of criminalization as a response to Intimate Partner Violence and how to argue these problems in court.

Speakers
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Leigh Goodmark

Professor and Clinic Director, Intimate Partner Violence, University of Maryland Frances King Carey School of Law
Leigh Goodmark is a professor of law at the University of Maryland Frances King Carey School of Law where she teaches Family Law, Gender and the Law, and Gender Violence and the Law. She also directs the Gender Violence Clinic, a clinic providing direct representation in matters involving... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Freedom F Mezzanine Level

2:00pm

The Power of Video for Mitigation
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This session will explore the novel use of documentary-style video to support mitigation in criminal cases. Filmmaker and trained attorney Kristin Adair will discuss tools and best practices for creating a mitigation video for your clients, whether independently or in collaboration with a multimedia professional. Evidence has shown that short videos can be powerful tools to help tell the story of your clients before judges and decision-makers. Betsy Biben of the Public Defender Service for D.C. will describe how her office has used videos successfully. Learn more about this burgeoning trend and how you can start to incorporate video into your cases!

Speakers
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Kristin Adair

Independent Documentary Filmmaker and Multimedia Advocate
Kristin Adair is a Washington, DC-based documentary filmmaker and multimedia artist. She is deeply committed to collaborative storytelling that amplifies the voices of those affected by the criminal justice system. She brings her legal background into her work as a storyteller by... Read More →
avatar for Betsy Biben

Betsy Biben

Forensic Social Worker, The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
A Forensic and Clinical Social Worker, Betsy serves as the chief of the Office of Rehabilitation and Development (ORD) for Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), where she has been employed since 1982. She has prepared sentencing reports and/or testimony before... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Freedom G Mezzanine Level

2:00pm

Utilizing Mitigation to Challenge ASPD and Conduct Disorder
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Dr. Sara Boyd will present on the topic of utilizing mitigation and information from the defendant's social history to combat the diagnoses of Antisocial Personality Disorder (as well as Conduct Disorder). Often, the specific DSM criteria used for concluding such a diagnosis is further illuminated once viewed in the light of mitigation and context. Dr. Boyd will pose a hypothetical ASPD diagnosis and break down the specific sub-criteria relied upon for such, as explained by the defendant's mitigation and social history characteristics. These diagnostic labels are often more harmful to our clients in navigating life during and after the legal system. We will discuss the intricacies of analyzing these diagnoses and common mistakes practitioners make.

Speakers
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Sara Boyd

Clinical Psychologist, Institute of Law, Psychiatry, & Public Policy
Sara E. Boyd, Ph.D., completed her forensic psychology postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, where she currently conducts criminal and civil evaluations for state and federal courts, consults, supervises trainees... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Freedom E Mezzanine Level

3:30pm

Break
Tuesday June 5, 2018 3:30pm - 3:45pm
TBA

3:45pm

Closing Plenary - Becoming Free: Changing Perspectives of Re-Entry
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Becoming Free is a short film and collaborative multimedia project that explores the reentry experience of three young adults in the District of Columbia as they seek to break the cycle of poverty, violence, and incarceration through entrepreneurship. But they are always walking the “thin line” that can lead back to prison with the smallest misstep or toward a new path to the future.

Speakers
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Kristin Adair

Independent Documentary Filmmaker and Multimedia Advocate
Kristin Adair is a Washington, DC-based documentary filmmaker and multimedia artist. She is deeply committed to collaborative storytelling that amplifies the voices of those affected by the criminal justice system. She brings her legal background into her work as a storyteller by... Read More →
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Will Avila

Owner, Changing Perceptions
Wilbert “Will” Avila, one of the three people interviewed in the film Becoming Free, grew up in violence, joined a gang in early adulthood to find a family, and ultimately ended up waived up to the adult prison system at age 16. After spending the next 10 years in and out of prison... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Liberty Ballroom D Ballroom Level