Event Calendar

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Course: History Matters: Exploring the Power of History and Unleashing the Potential of Your Defense Strategy

Start Date: 10/3/2023 4:00 PM EDT
End Date: 11/21/2023 5:30 PM EST

Venue Name: Online through NAPD's LMS System

Organization Name: National Association for Public Defense

Talen Francis
Email: events@publicdefenders.us
Phone: (470) 743-0067


October 3-November 21, 2023
PRICE $370

REGISTRATION DEADLINE - September 22, 2023 AT 5:00 pm EASTERN | 4:00pm CT | 3:00Pm MT | 2:00 pM PT

APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP HERE  Monday, September 18 at Noon Eastern DEADLINE

Please see this guide if registering under your NAPD membership or with a group from your office. 


History Matters: Exploring the Power of History and Unleashing the Potential of Your Defense Strategy

This course includes Weekly Small Group Meetings:
 Tuesdays at 4:00-5:30pm ET | 3:00-4:30 pm CT | 2:00-3:30 pm MT | 1:00-2:30 pm PT

Course Description: This course is a must-take for attorneys, investigators, mitigation specialists, social workers, and all defense team members who want to conduct thorough investigations to answer questions essential to defending individuals impacted by the criminal legal system. Where we come from matters. We know that history is directly linked to many of the issues that directly impact the trajectory of our client's lives. But how often do we collect information that allows us to tell a story of historical impact, prejudice, oppression, community, and trauma and how it affects our clients? This course will give participants the tools to conduct such an investigation. This course will include lectures from nationally recognized experts. In small group sessions, faculty and coaches will assist participants with an active case to complete a multi-level historical investigation that would be helpful at any dispositional phase of your case.

Course Objectives:  By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Utilize strategies and tools to investigate and humanize clients’ lives.
  • Elevate litigation and mitigation tactics to protect and affirm clients’ due process rights.
  • Review studies, research, reports, etc., documenting the impact of violence, injustice, and poverty on clients’ well-being and long-standing effects.
  • Participate in and model normalizing forthright dialogues about the relevance of history and its social context to clients’ lived experiences via discussion boards and group discussions.
  • Increase awareness, appreciation, and utilization of the impact of historical trauma, prejudice, oppression, culture, and community trauma.
  • Support each other in a small group space for debriefing, brainstorming, incubating ideas, and providing accountability for goals.

Weekly Small Group Meetings: Tuesdays at 4:00-5:30pm ET | 3:00-4:30 pm CT | 2:00-3:30 pm MT | 1:00-2:30 pm PT

Course Faculty: Dr. Sharon Jones-Eversley and Dr. Donavan Bailey, with additional guest faculty

Sharon Jones-Eversley
Sharon D. Jones-Eversley, DrPH, is an Associate Professor at Towson University in the Family Studies and Community Development Department. Dr. Jones-Eversley earned a Doctorate in Public Health from Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy. Her interdisciplinary research expertise is in social epidemiology, family science, and community capacity-building. Her advocacy and research look to better understand intergenerational disease distribution and the continuum of disease-related morbidities that adversely impact high-risk families and communities. Dr. Jones-Eversley was born, raised, and public school educated in West Baltimore. She is deeply concerned about the high mortality rates, low life expectancy, premature death, and dehumanization of People of Color.

Donavan Bailey  is a Licensed Social Worker with the Colorado State Public Defender-Brighton Office. He has worked in various similar capacities with 17 years of experience working as a Capital Mitigation Specialist with the Maricopa County Office of the Legal Advocate, Mitigation Specialist with the Maricopa County Public Defender Office and Dispositional Advisor with the Minnesota State Public Defender Office.  His Public Defender work has extended both inside and outside the office and courtroom, advocating within the community and conducting trainings on defense mitigation and cultural competency. Donavan is trained as a cultural competency facilitator through Dr. Dietra Hawkin's training program. He is a licensed social worker in Minnesota and Colorado and holds a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Doctorate in Education from Winona State University.

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.