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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Webinar: Fundamentals of Zealous Capital Clemency Representation

Start Date: 1/23/2018 3:00 PM EST
End Date: 1/23/2018 4:30 PM EST


Organization Name: National Association for Public Defense

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

Fundamentals of Zealous Capital Clemency Representation
 

January 23, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern, 90 minutes

Webinar Faculty: Laura Schaefer, Staff Attorney, ABA Death Penalty Representation Project; Clemency Counsel, ABA Capital Clemency Resource Initiative

About the Webinar:  This webinar will be the first in a series presented by the ABA’s Capital Clemency Resource Initiative (CCRI), which is a collaboration between the Death Penalty Due Process Review Project, Death Penalty Representation Project, and Commission for Disability Rights. As part of its mission, the CCRI works to provide defense attorneys targeted resources and trainings on preparing and presenting a clemency campaign and, therefore, better ensure a more meaningful process in this crucial (and unique) last phase of a death penalty case. In this first session, CCRI Counsel, Laura Schaefer, will discuss the reasons for decreased death penalty commutations in the last 40 years; why there is nevertheless hope for a renewed recognition by governors and parole boards of this important power; and, most importantly, how capital defense lawyers can craft the most effective clemency petitions and campaigns to improve the chances of relief. This session will also offer an overview of the new resources that the CCRI has on its secured practitioner website, www.capitalclemency.org, designed to help lawyers who are representing a client seeking capital clemency. After this initial webinar, the CCRI and NAPD plan to host follow-up sessions addressing discrete clemency topics that are of interest to defenders and practitioners.

 

About the Faculty:   Laura Schaefer is a Staff Attorney at the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project. Prior to joining the Representation Project, she served as counsel for the ABA’s Capital Clemency Resource Initiative, a novel endeavor between ABA entities to improve and provide resources for capital clemency representation nationwide. Laura received her B.A. in philosophy and sociology from New York University and her M.Sc. in Human Rights from the London School of Economics & Political Science. After graduating from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2013, Laura served as a volunteer attorney with the Federal Defenders for the Southern District of New York, before accepting a position as a post-conviction fellow with the Office of Capital Writs in Austin, Texas. While in Texas, she represented indigent death-row prisoners in their post-conviction appeals. With Professor Ellen Yaroshefsky, she is coauthor of the book chapter, “Defense Lawyering and Wrongful Convictions,” published by Albany University Press in the volume Examining Wrongful Convictions: Stepping Back, Moving Forward.

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