TRIAL SKILLS ACADEMY
The skills-based Academy has been a tremendous success. This program focuses on (1) the use of a trial advocacy process to facilitate development of a persuasive, fact-based theory and supporting themes, and (2) the advocacy skills necessary to persuasively advance that theory and those themes throughout the trial. The program is conducted by very experienced and skilled faculty as a series of plenary sessions and workshops. The elements of effective litigation advocacy skills are presented in the plenaries and participants then engage in hands-on practice of those skills and receive feedback in small group workshops.
NON-CAPITAL SENTENCING MITIGATION SKILLS WORKSHOP
This workshop presents a hands-on approach on the development of non-capital mitigation and its integration into persuasive sentencing advocacy. Through plenary and small group sessions, participants will further their understanding of non-capital mitigation evidence and the skills necessary to effectively interview for, investigate and present such evidence for sentencing. The workshop is specifically designed for non-capital mitigation specialists, sentencing advocates, and other professionals (including attorneys) who provide this work under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA). Please note that due to the workshop format of this program, participation in all of the sessions is mandatory. Preference in registration will be given to participants who have not previously attended this workshop.
ANDREA TAYLOR SENTENCING ADVOCACY WORKSHOP
The Andrea Taylor Sentencing Advocacy Workshop teaches a comprehensive approach to sentencing in which participants are trained to develop persuasive, fact-based sentencing theories, and are provided with the advocacy skills necessary to advance their theories both in writing and during sentencing hearings. Presentations and demonstrations at the workshop include client relations and interviewing for mitigation, fact busting, developing persuasive theories and themes, storytelling at sentencing, persuasive writing, and persuasive presentation. The workshop consists of plenary sessions and small group breakout sessions. In the small group sessions, participants will use pending cases of their own to bust the facts, develop theories and themes, practice storytelling, persuasively write part of their sentencing memorandums and discuss how best to conduct sentencing hearings.
Enrollment for this program is limited to 60 CJA panel attorneys and federal defender attorneys who have not participated in this workshop in the past.