Event Calendar

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Webinar: Representing Veterans in Criminal Cases: Obtaining and Understanding Military Records

Start Date: 7/15/2020 1:00 PM EDT
End Date: 7/15/2020 2:30 PM EDT


Organization Name: NAPD

Contact:
Jeanie Vela
Email: jeanie.vela@publicdefenders.us
Phone: (303) 921-3736

Webinar: Representing Veterans in Criminal Cases: Obtaining and Understanding Military Records

July 15, 2020, 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 90 minutes

Webinar Faculty:  Capt. Art Cody, USN (Retired); Director of Criminal Programs at the Veteran Advocacy Project

About the Webinar:   Veterans undergo an experience far removed from the vast majority of those who sit in judgment of them in the justice system. The military experience, particularly if it involves combat, indelibly shapes the veteran and often has significant causal or mitigation implications relating to criminal offenses. Seeking military records can be difficult and understanding those records in the context of the military culture can be daunting to even the most accomplished practitioner. This practical presentation will discuss obtaining, reviewing, and understanding military records, as well as offering suggestions in framing veteran mitigation.

About the Faculty:  Captain Art Cody, USN (Retired) is the Director of Criminal Programs at the Veteran Advocacy Project. His military career spans over thirty years and he has served worldwide. Art began his career as an Army helicopter pilot followed by a similar role in the US Navy Reserve flying for a Strike Rescue/Special Operations Squadron. He served aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in the initial response to the 9-11 attacks and was most recently deployed to Afghanistan (2011-2012) as the Staff Director of the Rule of Law Section, US Embassy Kabul. As a civilian lawyer, he has represented criminal clients for over twenty years and is the former chair of the Capital Punishment Committee of the New York City Bar Association. He frequently presents nationally on the defense of veterans, provides counsel to lawyers for capitally charged or sentenced veterans, and served as lead counsel in a veteran capital clemency hearing. Most recently (January, 2020), he assisted the Southern Center for Human Rights in obtaining clemency for Jimmy Meders, an Army veteran. In addition to an Aerospace Engineering degree from West Point, he graduated magna cum laude from Notre Dame Law School where he was the Executive Editor of the Notre Dame Law Review and founded the Notre Dame Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. He is a recipient of the New York City Bar Association's Thurgood Marshall Award for Capital Representation, the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Humanitarian Award for Lifetime Service, and the New York State Bar Association’s 2019 David S. Michaels Award for his representation of veterans in Criminal Courts. His military decorations include the Navy Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Naval Aviator Badge, Army Aviator Badge, Army Parachutist Badge and the German Armed Forces Parachutist Badge. Additionally, he received the State Department’s Meritorious Honor Award for his service in Kabul.