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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

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, 90 minutes

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

About the Webinar:  This webinar will focus on the importance of records collection in capital cases including how to use them to formulate and support a compelling narrative in your case.

About the Faculty: 

  • Dana Cook is the Co-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 ACCR, 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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Closed: 1/17/2018 12:15 PM

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Due to overwhelming demand, NAPD will again offer this comprehensive Investigator and Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate training experience! The program will include one track for Investigators and a separate track for Social Worker/Sentencing Advocates.  Hear from nationally recognized experts who will share their knowledge on a wide range of topics relevant to the work you do each and every day.  Network with other criminal defense practitioners from around the country and find your tribe. Registration closes Septemebr 3.
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