27 - 28
Non-Capital Habeas Conference
The program will cover the broad spectrum of issues specific to habeas corpus litigation on behalf of prisoners with non-capital cases. Plenary sessions will feature both national speakers and seasoned non-capital habeas attorneys, and all breakout sessions include an option for the advanced or the beginner habeas practitioner. Sessions will include investigating and pleading claims, habeas case updates from the circuits, and an ethics session about how to handle ineffective assistance of counsel claims. Anticipated beginner track topics include introductions to timeliness, claim exhaustion, and procedural default. Anticipated advanced track topics include the interplay between 28 U.S.C. § 2254(d)(2) and (e)(1) and a real-case brainstorm session. There will be a keynote address by The Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton, Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, about the interplay between the state and federal courts.