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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Webinar: Investigations: Developing the Bricks to Support Your Client's Theory of Defense

Start Date: 12/13/2018 2:00 PM EST
End Date: 12/13/2018 3:30 PM EST

Organization Name: National Association for Public Defense

Jeanie Vela
Email: jeaniemvela@outlook.com
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Investigations:  Developing the Bricks to Support Your Client's Theory of Defense

December 13, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m. Eastern, 90 minutes

Webinar Faculty:  Andre Vitale, Assistant Deputy Public Defender for the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender

About the Webinar:  Conducting thorough and diligent investigations are essential to achieving the best possible outcome for every person we represent. This process requires attorneys become actively involved in coordinating and participating in the investigation, which should begin as soon into the representation of a client as possible.  A well–coordinated investigation should focus not only on the facts of the case and potential witnesses, but also developing the story of the client. Given that on average, over 95 percent of cases are resolved by plea, achieving the best possible result for each client requires that we spend as much energy developing the strengths of our client’s story as much as the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.  Too many times lawyers feel investigations should only be conducted on those cases scheduled for trial or that no investigation need occur if a client indicates he or she is going to plea—both of which are incorrect.  We will discuss why these ideas are wrong, providing insight into the importance and benefit of conducting timely and thorough investigations.  This presentation will provide insight into those areas in which attorneys can lead their investigations with the goal of achieving true justice for each of our clients

About the Faculty:  Andre Vitale (Jersey City, NJ).  Andre has served as a public defense lawyer for over 19 years as a trial lawyer, training director, educator, and mentor.  He currently works as an Assistant Deputy Public Defender with the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, where he is assigned to their Hudson Trial Region.  Andre is the co–chair of NJ OPD’s Forensic Science Working Group.  He has extensive trial experience taking more than 90 cases to verdict, while handling
some of the most complex matters.  He has developed an expertise in defending homicide and sex cases, with a proficiency in contesting forensic and other technical evidence, including DNA, fingerprints, CSAAS, and eyewitness identification.  Andre developed much of his knowledge through his own diligence, but is always happy to share the lessons he has learned with other lawyers so they can benefit from his experience to develop their own skill base and confidence.  As a
Training Director he has created new, innovative, and interactive programs designed to help attorneys develop legal knowledge, confidence in their abilities, and the skills necessary to be successful lawyers, as well as inspire them to serve as client–centered, relentless advocates for their clients.  He has developed programs designed for new attorneys as well as advanced trial skills programs for more experienced lawyers.  Andre designed a Defending a Child Sex Case advanced trial skills program, which has been used by State Public Defender Offices in Montana, Missouri, and New Jersey.  He is a core faculty member with Gideon’s Promise (gideonspromise.org) and Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Institute Trial Advocacy Workshop (TAW).  He has also served on the faculty of the Colorado Alternate Defense Counsel Litigation Academy; the New Jersey Office of the State Defender Trial Skills program; the Bronx Defender’s Academy; the Louisiana Public Defender Training Institute; the Litigation and Persuasion Institute (Kentucky); the Litigation and Talent Academy (Seattle); and Legal Aid Society’s (NYC) DNA Defense College.  He is both a presenter and frequent blog contributor for the National Association of Public Defense (publicdefenders.us).  Andre previously served three terms as a Board Member with the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NYSACDL), chairing their Indigent Defense Committee and CLE Committees.  Due to his passion and commitment to client–centered representation, Andre has received the Kevin Andersen Award by the New York State Defender’s Association (NYSDA) and the Denison Ray Award by the New York State Bar Association.  In addition to his legal accomplishments, Andre has finished twenty–one marathons.

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