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Webinar: Partnering to Resolve Cases
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Date(s): March 30, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM  9 - 1:30 PM  9

Partnering to Resolve Cases

Webinar Faculty: Jennifer Friedman, Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County Public Defender

March 30, 2017 at 12:00 eastern (90 minutes)

About the Webinar: This webinar will describe what it takes to resolve a capital case. Resolving a capital case is a process that takes time. It involves partnering with all the important players including prosecutors, victim family members, judges and often the community. It requires a strong, long-lasting and meaningful attorney-client relationship. it requires an understanding of the client's background, his strengths and limitations, his goals and desires. At the end of the day, securing a plea for the client is a result of arduous preparation, good timing and a little luck.

About the Faculty: Jennifer Friedman is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. She has been a Deputy Public Defender in Los Angeles County since 1987. She is currently the Assistant Special Circumstances Coordinator and Forensic Science Coordinator for the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s office. She assists in the supervision of the office’s capital cases and represents clients charged with capital murder. She has tried over 150 felony jury trials many of which were sexual assaults and homicides involving complex scientific issues. She writes the expert section of the California Death Penalty Manual. She was a member of the President’s Inter-Agency Working on Standards, Practices and Protocols. She is a member of the Legal Resources Committee of the Organization of Scientific Areas Committee. She is a frequent lecturer on the death penalty and the use of forensic sciences in the courts.
 



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Webinar: Identifying and Responding to Prosecution Themes
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Date(s): March 30, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM  9 - 3:00 PM  9

Identifying and Responding to Prosecution Themes

Webinar Faculty: Michael Ogul, Deputy Public Defender, Santa Clara County (CA) Public Defender

March 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm eastern (60 minutes)

About the Webinar: Experienced capital defense lawyers know that prosecutors repeatedly use a variety of themes to convince jurors to condemn our clients to the death penalty. But well prepared defense counsel will always have a response to each of these prosecution tactics. This webinar will identify the universe of prosecution themes at the punishment phase, and suggest approaches the defense should take to neutralize and defeat them.

About the Faculty: Michael Ogul is a trial-level public defender in Santa Clara County, California, and has exclusively practiced criminal defense for over 36 years. He has tried several death penalty trials and has represented defendants in over 20 other capital cases that resolved short of a death penalty trial. He has been a member of the planning committee for the annual CACJ/CPDA Capital Case Defense Seminar for approximately 20 years (and the cochair of the committee for most of those years), the editor of the California Death Penalty Defense Manual since 2003, and has written scores of articles on a variety of capital defense topics.
 



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NAPD News

On March 18, 2017 - the 54th anniversary of the Gideon v. Wainright decision - NAPD published its Foundational Principleswhich are recommended to NAPD members and other persons and organizations interested in advancing the cause of equal justice for accused persons.  

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On March 2, 2017, NAPD released its Statement on Reducing Demand For Public Defense: Alternatives to Traditional Prosecution Can Reduce Defender Workload, Save Money, and Reduce RecidivismThere are more than 2 million people in jail and prison in the United States. This is a four-fold increase since 1980. This increase and the racial disproportionality among incarcerated people has led to alliances across the political spectrum to address the impact on people and on budgets.  As the new Coalition for Public Safety has put it, “Our country has an ‘overcriminalization’ problem and an ‘overincarceration’ problem — and it’s getting worse." NAPD authored this statement because there is a great opportunity to make transformative changes that can improve justice and save money.  A variety of organizations representing a wide spectrum of political views have joined together to end the systematic problem of overcriminalization and narrow the net of incarceration by reforming criminal codes.