June 1, 2018 | 10AM – 6PM | Crowell & Moring LLC | 1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
July 11, 2018 | 9:30AM – 5:30PM | NYC Bar Association | 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
The ABA Death Penalty Representation Project will host two free CLE** programs during the summer of 2018 to educate capital defenders, pro bono volunteers, and other interested attorneys about representing a prisoner in sentencing proceedings. The trainings will be focused on Florida and the unprecedented need for counsel that has resulted from the reversal of more than 100 death sentences.
In Hurst v. Florida (2016), the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Florida’s long-standing capital sentencing scheme, where death sentences were imposed by a judge following a jury recommendation—which did not have to be unanimous. In response to that ruling, the Florida Supreme Court has overturned the death sentences of approximately 150 death row prisoners and ordered they be granted new sentencing hearings. There is now an urgent need for attorneys to represent prisoners in these proceedings.
This free training sponsored by the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project and the New York City Bar Association’s Capital Punishment Committee (New York program only) will feature presentations by experienced capital defenders who will provide instruction on the fundamental skills needed to represent a prisoner in a capital sentencing proceeding. ABA staff will also discuss current cases urgently in need of pro bono assistance, but attendance does not create any obligation to take on a case. Come learn about the issues created by this landmark case and how you can be a part of ensuring access to justice.
There is no cost to attend the program, but advance registration is required and space is limited. Summer associates are welcome to attend!
Washington, DC registration (June 1, 2018)
New York, NY registration (July 11, 2018)
**The ABA has requested 6.5 CLE credit hours in 60-minute states, and 7.8 credit hours in 50-minute states.