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Thursday, March 30, 2017


Webinar: Partnering to Resolve Cases

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Start Date:  3/30/2017 12:00 PM
End Date:  3/30/2017 1:30 PM

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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