Event Calendar

Friday, July 1, 2022

Clarence Darrow/ David Baldus Death Penalty College

Start Date: 6/28/2022 8:30 AM EDT
End Date: 7/1/2022 3:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: The University of Iowa College of Law

130 Byington Rd
Iowa City, IA  United States  52242

Organization Name: National Association for Public Defense

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

The Clarence Darrow/David Baldus Death Penalty College is an annual training program for capital defense attorneys, mitigation specialists, and capital investigators held in downtown Iowa City at the University of Iowa College of Law, located in the heart of the campus.   Click here to register for both the College and the ID Preconference for a reduced cost.

Participants spend the week working on their own pending cases as well as learning from some of the most prestigious capital defense trainers in the country. Each day, participants engage in various learning activities, including small group sessions, lectures, role playing, and strategy demonstrations for guilt/innocence and penalty phases.


Small group sessions are designed to provide constructive feedback and encouragement while also brainstorming the case and doing actual case preparation for the capital trial. These sessions are followed by lectures and demonstrations for smaller groups or plenary sessions for all participants. Evenings are primarily unscheduled, allowing participants to explore all that Iowa City has to offer.


The program is held in honor of the late Professor David Baldus, whose thorough, groundbreaking capital punishment research significantly impacted the death penalty defense community and legal community as a whole. Professor Baldus is best known for “the Baldus study,” cited by the United States Supreme Court in McCleskey v. Kemp, although his research extends far beyond.

Confirmed Speakers Include
Andrea Lyon
Lori James-Townes
Emily Hughes
Cyndy Short
Amy Nguyen
Jennifer Friedman
Brian Helwett
Tom Griffiths
Dr. Daniel Reschly
Juliet Yackel
Dani Mickenberg
Hans Selvog
Jeff Sherr



Pricing includes lunch each day


Early Bird pricing  before March 2

Members - $650

Non Members - $700


Between March 2 - May 1

Members - $700

Non Members - $750


After  May  1

Members - $750

Non Members - $800


There is a $100 discount for every registration from an organization after the first 3.

We have a limited number of scholarships available. Click here to apply by March 5.


We have a room block at $96 (plus taxes and fees) including breakfast at the Hyatt Place Iowa City Downtown


NAPD Cancellation Policy


NAPD doesn't apply for CLE or track attendance to provide certifications for our live webinars, conferences and online courses. This helps us keep the price as low as possible and avoids the disruption of the flow of the training required by many states to verify attendance.


We are able to provide CLE for dozens of recorded sessions from previous training for NAPD members in most states.   These sessions are only $10 per credit hour.   For more details, log in with your NAPD credentials at this link.