Event Calendar

Friday, May 28, 2021

Course: Intellectual Disability: Uncovering, Evaluating, and Changing Outcomes with weekly small group sessions

Start Date: 4/19/2021 9:00 AM EDT
End Date: 5/28/2021 9:00 AM EDT

Venue Name: Online through NAPD's LMS System

Organization Name: National Association for Public Defense

Jeni Benavides
Email: events@publicdefenders.us
Phone: (502) 219-6149

If you have an active ID case, or a “possible” ID case, this course is for you.
The lectures and assignments are designed to help you discover, document and build a winning ID claim. Strategies for overcoming common problems encountered during the investigation & litigation of ID cases will be featured.
You have the option to workshop your case in a small group setting. Or, simply access course materials on-line and attend weekly lectures from leading experts in the field.
Intellectual Disability: Uncovering, Evaluating, and Changing Outcomes
April 19 - May 28 , 2021
Taught online with one 90 minute small group meeting per week
Small Group meeting times will be determined by poll of the registrants
Price $385


(Click here to register for version without small group work for only $150 and a $75 volume discount after the first 4 registered by an organization)

Learn more about NAPD Online Academy Courses - 10 min video
Led by Juliet Yackel, Danielle Mickenberg & Hans Selvog

It is our mission to ensure that no one with intellectual disability is ever executed or excessively punished. We are dedicated to equipping all members of the defense team with the tools needed to discover, investigate, and effectively litigate intellectual disability.
Live sessions:
Expert presentations
Monday, April 19th
Emily Paavola - Intro & Legal Overview
noon-2 pm EST
Monday, April 26th
Juliet Yackel - Stereotypes, Misconceptions & "The Atkins Mindset"
Noon-2 pm EST
Monday, May 3rd
Dr. Daniel Reschly - Adaptive Functioning Part I
Noon - 2 pm EST
Monday, May 10th
Jim Patton - Adaptive Functioning Part II
Noon - 2 pm EST
Monday, May 17
Dr. Greg Olley - IQ
Noon - 2 pm EST
Monday, May 24
Richard Jasper
Noon - 2 pm EST

Small groups to discuss your case will be on Mondays.   Select the times that work for you in the questions in this registration.

Each week in the course you will
· 30 minutes to 2 hours of at your own pace interactive videos and readings
· 30 minutes of assignments to complete on your own & discuss in small group
· Mondays at 2-4 pm Eastern. Live Zoom conference Q & A with leading experts.   These are not recorded.
· One 90 minute small group meeting (optional)  to discuss the application of the week's topic to your case.   The time will be chosen through a poll of the group.  
This intensive training introduces participants to the nuances of investigating and litigating intellectual disability claims and features strategies for overcoming common barriers to identifying and effectively presenting evidence of ID.

Intellectual disability can be difficult to detect. Clients go to great lengths to hide their disability due to shame and embarrassment, even when it can save their life. Unlike common stereotypes, those with intellectual disability cannot be identified based on their appearance or superficial interactions. Clients may appear “normal” in the context of school, work, family or when we first encounter them as the defendant in a capital prosecution. Education is crucial to overcome these stereotypes.

Investigations face multiple barriers. School records are missing, IQ scores are unavailable or - in some cases - there are multiple IQ scores with widely variable scores. We’ll discuss how to overcome these challenges.

This training will offer the most up-to-date legal and scientific information concerning ID and provide hands-on opportunities to practice skills needed to screen effectively for ID. Students will learn how to work with mental-health experts and how to develop and provide the detailed life-history information needed for an effective evaluation. Instructors will include psychologists, lawyers, and mitigation specialists who are experts on the subject.

Flexible learning
In these uncertain times, and it’s hard to plan for next week, let alone next month. So we want to provide options and flexibility: we aim to offer learning opportunities that will meet your learning style and fit your schedule, including: 
(1) live lectures from leading experts in the field
(2) on-line material to access anytime, at your own pace
(3) small groups if you want to workshop a current case, brainstorm a problem, or discuss the material
We understand some of you have limited availability. Feel free to consume the materials that best meet your needs – for example, attend relevant lectures, schedule a private consultation, and review on-line materials as your schedule permits. 

For those of you who want the intensive learning experience, participate in the weekly small groups where you can work on a pending Atkins case. With the help of seasoned experts, you will become familiar with and develop a plan for implementing best practices articulated by the AAIDD in your cases. You will develop comprehensive investigation plans, prepare work product, and be introduced to a wide variety of tools and resources needed to effectively investigate and litigate Atkins claims.

We understand that lawyers and mitigation specialists are approaching this issue from slightly different angles. The mitigation specialist must master the art of uncovering evidence of ID, and counsel must learn how to orchestrate the evaluation and presentation of ID. These are related but different skills. Ideally, all team members will understand each other’s roles to maximize productivity and communication, which ultimately translates into successful outcomes for the clients.
"I had the pleasure of taking the NAPD course "Intellectual Disability: Uncovering, Evaluating, and Changing Outcomes." This was truly one of the most engaging and inspiring trainings I have attended in recent years. The experts who lectured presented a wealth of information in a manner that was easily accessible to those with little experience, but at a high enough level for those who have experience litigating intellectual disability cases. The facilitators were extremely knowledgeable in helping guide the participants through the difficult and thorny issues in their cases. The online format with lectures, reading materials, videos and discussion sessions lent itself to an exceptional educational experience.  I would recommend this course to lawyers and investigators who are new to the investigation of intellectual disabilities, as well as to those who have substantial experience.  - Jennifer Friedman, LA Federal Public Defender

“I found the ID training valuable.  Both parts of the course – the lectures and the small group sessions – worked in tandem, as complimentary elements.  The small group sessions will be particularly helpful for those who have active cases.  The small groups offer a unique advantage because participants can collaborate to solve potential problems that advocates face as they develop a strong ID case.  I would encourage those who can to participate in the small group sessions.  They add a different element to the course than just the large group lectures alone.”
Allen Bohnert
Assistant Federal Public Defender
Capital Habeas Unit, Southern District of Ohio
“The small group is helpful in applying course materials to specific pieces of your client’s case.  Each session you are able to brainstorm and clarify how to use information learned and apply it to your unique case.  If you have upcoming interviews with specific ID questions you are able to role-play the interview questions to ensure the best interview.”
Jessica Carrier
Capital Mitigation Specialist
Madison, Wisconsin