Introduction to the Methods and Techniques of the Colorado Method
September 15, 2017 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 90 minutes
Matthew Rubenstein, National Capital Resource Center Counsel,
Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project
About the Webinar:
This webinar will provide you with an overview of the Colorado Method of capital jury selection and examples of how it has been implemented successfully to attain life verdicts in state and federal capital cases across the United States. Matthew Rubenstein, Capital Resource Counsel with the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project, will describe how the Colorado Method of capital jury selection works, the techniques utilized in the approach, share examples from cases, why it is recognized as the most effective approach to capital jury selection, and provide recommendations for learning and using this approach in your capital practice.
About the Faculty:
Matthew Rubenstein serves as National Capital Resource Counsel with the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project, a program of the Defender Services Office of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. Rubenstein provides training, consultation, and support to attorneys in Federal Defender organizations and CJA panel attorneys appointed to represent persons charged with capital crimes in federal districts across the United States. Rubenstein also provides direct representation in federal capital cases. Rubenstein has served as counsel in death penalty cases in state or federal courts in Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, Oregon, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri, Massachusetts, and Vermont. He has conducted Morgan method life-qualification voir dire in over a dozen capital cases, provided case consultations to capital defense teams in jurisdictions across the United States, and lectures frequently on death penalty litigation, capital voir dire, and criminal justice issues. Prior to his Capital Resource Counsel position, Rubenstein was the founding director of the Oregon Capital Resource Center, a senior staff attorney at the Georgia Capital Defender, and counsel at the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center. He has also worked as a public defender at the Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon and the Seattle-King County Defender Association. Rubenstein is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University. Rubenstein lives in Portland, Oregon.