Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Webinar: Collecting and Using Records to Change the Narrative in Capital Cases

Start Date: 1/17/2018 12:00 PM EST
End Date: 1/17/2018 2:15 PM EST

Organization Name: National Association for Public Defense

Contact:
Heather H. Hall
Email: heather@publicdefenders.us
Phone: N/A

Collecting and Using Records to Change the Narrative in Capital Cases

January 17, 2018, 12:00 p.m. Eastern, 120 minutes

Webinar Faculty:   Dana Cook, Deputy Director, Atlantic Center for Capital Representation

About the Webinar:  This webinar will explore the nuts and bolts of records collection in capital cases as well as discuss how the use of those records can help the team better understand the client and his/her life as well as effectively change the narrative of the case.

About the Faculty:  Dana Cook is the Deputy Director for the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation (ACCR), a death penalty resource center that provides trial level consultation and training in capital cases in Pennsylvania as well as cases involving juveniles sentenced to Life Without Parole sentences. Prior to that, she worked at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, both as a social worker and a mitigation specialist. She began in the Juvenile Special Defense Unit representing Direct File Juveniles – children who were charged as adults in the criminal justice system. After working in this unit for two years, she worked in the Homicide/Special Defense Unit as a mitigation specialist. There she represented capital and non-capital clients charged with homicide. Over the past ten years, Dana has been a trainer and presenter at death penalty conferences around the country. She has presented on various topics including mitigation investigation and presentation; client relationships; team building; working with trauma; and understanding mental health and substance abuse. Additionally, Dana has been training lawyers and mitigation specialists on how to handle Juvenile Life Without Parole cases. She also supervises mitigation specialists handling these cases. Prior to working at the Defender, she was an investigator in the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Defender Office in Philadelphia working for indigent defendants on Pennsylvania’s death row. She began her career as an investigator at the Post-Conviction Defender Office in Nashville, TN. She received her B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration in 1996 from Middle Tennessee State University and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003.


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