March 01, 2017

United States Supreme Court Practice

Date: June 16-18, 2017
Location: New York City, NY

Registration is now open for a strategic planning and advocacy training for the representation of capital defendants before the United States Supreme Court. The training will take place on June 16-18, 2017, at New York University School of Law in New York City. The conference is hosted by the Habeas Assistance and Training Counsel (HAT) and the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO) Defender Services Office Training Division.

The goal of this conference, originally designed by Professor Tony Amsterdam, is to improve the quality of advocacy before the Supreme Court in capital cases and to aid in the process of obtaining or avoiding Supreme Court review. While the conference intends to address all facets of Supreme Court practice, the program will emphasize the pre-merits stages of Supreme Court litigation, including tactics and techniques for writing persuasive petitions for certiorari, opposing certiorari when the client has won in the lower court, and handling amici curiae. The training will combine lectures with small group case-planning discussions.

This conference will be particularly useful to volunteers working on systemic challenges or individual death penalty cases positioned to arrive at the Supreme Court in the next year. If you are interested in registering, please contact the Project, and we will provide additional information. Given the small group case-planning and strategic nature of the program, attendance is limited.