21 - 24
Monday, June 21, 2021 - 03:00 to Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 05:30
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Virtual Non-Capital Sentencing Mitigation Skills Workshop

The Non-Capital Sentencing Mitigation Skills Workshop will take place virtually this year from Monday, June 21 through Thursday, June 24, 2021. This program will be open to Federal Defender staff and non-capital mitigation social workers, sentencing advocates, attorneys and other professionals working under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA).

Using a storytelling approach, this workshop presents a hands-on method 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 on non-capital mitigation evidence and the skills necessary to effectively interview for mitigation; investigate, collect and analyze records; and write reports and/or sentencing memoranda.

In the small group sessions, participants will use their own pending federal cases to develop themes and theories, practice interviewing, storytelling, and persuasive writing techniques. Please note that due to the workshop format of this program, participation in all parts of the program is mandatory.

The live small group workshop sessions will take place Monday through Thursday (June 21-24), 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. EDT.