NAPD is offering a three-week online capital defense training from September 21 through October 9: Humanizing Your Capital Client Through Your Case Theory.
Weekly plenary sessions at the beginning of each week are followed by small group sessions later each week. Taught by prominent capital defense trainers, this intensive workshop is designed to apply plenary skills directly to your capital case.
Week One: Bridging Guilt/Innocence with Sentencing; Developing a Capital Case Theory
: Andrea Lyon
, Monday, Sept. 21, 11:00-12:15 p.m. CST
Week Two: Using Your Theory to Dismantle Aggravators
: Chris Adams
, Tuesday, Sept. 29 (Tuesday instead of Monday because Monday is Yom Kippur), 11:00-12:15 p.m. CST
Week Three: Using Your Theory to Develop Mitigation Cyndy Short
, Monday, Oct. 5, 11:00-12:15 p.m. CST
Choose a small group session to discuss your pending capital case from 11:00-12:30 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.
Videos in Learning Management System
Videos and reading materials will also be available to participants. Plan on about an hour per week of preparation for the small groups
specializes in criminal defense in federal and state courts. Chris concentrates on defending clients accused of white collar crimes, street crimes, sex offenses and capital murder in the South and around the country. He is recognized by his peers for his excellence as a criminal defense lawyer. Chris serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a sought after speaker on criminal defense topics ranging from courtroom advocacy, forensics, criminal law, and ethics, having given more than 100 presentations to professional organizations and bar associations in more than thirty states. He is on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College where he teaches fellow criminal defense lawyers and learns from them in the process. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at Emory University, Georgia State University, and the Charleston School of Law, teaching courses and clinics on capital punishment and criminal procedure.
is a criminal defense attorney based in Georgia and founder of the firm Hogue & Hogue, LLP, where he practices with his wife, Laura Hogue. Hogue has successfully defended clients in six death penalty cases and has been named to Georgia’s peer voted list of “Super Lawyers” each of the past several years. Hogue also serves on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College and the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, where he teaches Advanced Criminal Trial Techniques. Hogue is a past-president of the Macon Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In addition to his JD, he also holds MAs in theology and philosophy.
teaches criminal law, procedure, and ethics at the University of Iowa College of Law, and she is co-chair of Amicus Committee for the National Association for Public Defense. Before joining Iowa Law, Emily was Associate Director of the Center for Justice in Capital Cases at DePaul College of Law, where she represented clients on capital cases. She taught at the Darrow Death Penalty Defense College for more than ten years, starting when it was in Ann Arbor through its move to Chicago, and now through its move to Iowa.
is a renowned lawyer, author, speaker, professor and former Dean of the Valparaiso University Law School, who has been featured on national news and media outlets. Dubbed “The Angel of Death Row” by the Chicago Tribune, she was the first woman to serve as lead attorney in a death penalty case, and she holds an unparalleled 19 wins in 19 capital cases. Ms. Lyon has dedicated her career to advocating and upholding justice for all. Her legal work began in the Cook County Public Defender’s Office where she rose to become Chief of the Homicide Task Force. Managing a 22-lawyer unit, she tried over 130 homicide cases and defended more than 30 potential capital cases at the trial level, including taking 19 capital cases through penalty phase. In 1990, Ms. Lyon founded and directed the Illinois Capital Resource Center representing all of the death row inmates in Illinois.
Amy B. Nguyen
is a Researcher, GIS Analyst and owner of Capital Maps, LLC in the Dallas, Texas area. Her specialty is mapping Department of Justice community risk factors and performing demographic analysis. She holds master’s level certification in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and has been working in capital sentencing mitigation for ten years. Amy provides maps for capital litigation as well as expert testimony. She has presented at conferences including the FACDL Death is Difference Conference, the NLADA National Conference, Darrow-Baldus Death Penalty Defense College, Capital Habeas Unit National Conference, and the American and International Law Association. To date she has been involved in 60 state trials in 13 states across the nation and 22 federal trials. Her maps have been featured in Evaluation for Capital Sentencing by Oxford Press and Handbook of Psychology, Forensic Psychology, in John Wiley & Sons. In 2008 she won a coveted assistantship position with ESRI, designers of the world’s leading GIS software.
Mary K. Poirier
Over the last 14 years Mary K has been a team member in Federal and State capital cases and a Miller case in the role of a mitigation specialist. Her participation has helped secure life verdicts, lesser charges, and clemency only days before the execution date. In the Miller case the client was released with time served and is currently completing his probation. She has never had a client condemned to death. Mary K has expanded her mitigation business into sentencing advocacy at the federal level. In this position her research, sentencing books and videos have helped secure client’s lesser sentences than recommended by the federal guidelines. On one case the attorney noted that it was the sentencing video that helped secure a 24-month sentence when the guidelines recommended 151 months.
is the Training Director for the National Association for Public Defense, producing hundreds of webinars for public defense professionals across the nation. Prior to that he was the Manager of the Education and Strategic Planning Branch of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy. Jeff started with the DPA since 1994, starting first as a law clerk, then working with the Juvenile Post Dispositional Unit, then in the trial division with the Stanford Field Office, and now in Frankfort with the education staff. Jeff graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1995. Jeff is also Jeff is a faculty member for Gideon's Promise, the National Criminal Defense College, Clarence Darrow Death Penalty College, Harvard Trial Advocacy Workshop, Bronx Defender Academy, and other state litigation institutes. In addition to regularly training public defender litigators and trainers, Jeff trains public defender leaders nationally and for many individual defender states and offices. Jeff also has an extensive background in theatre having studied with the National Shakespeare Conservatory and the University of Kansas. Jeff performs regularly with Lexington, Kentucky's first long-form improv team in Central Kentucky and at Improv Festivals across the country.
is a criminal defense attorney and mitigation specialist with extensive experience defending capital cases. Short has pioneered the use of developing client’s life stories in order to present a compelling case for mitigation and has presented over sixty cases without a client going to death row. Short received the Lon O. Hocker Memorial Trial Lawyer Award in recognition of outstanding trial work in 1997, the Defender of Distinction Award in 1998, and the Atticus Finch Award given by the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2010.