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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Clarence Darrow/ David Baldus Death Penalty College

Start Date: 5/28/2019 9:00 AM EDT
End Date: 5/31/2019 4:00 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

Jeff Sherr
Email: Jeff.Sherr@publicdefenders.us
Phone: 8596299152

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.

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.

New this year -  small groups and sessions will be offered to teams working on post conviction capital cases.  

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.

Tuition includes housing and breakfast and lunch each day.   There will be a place follow up needs assessment survey indicate dietary needs.

Pricing include lodging and breakfast and lunch each day
Early Bird pricing  before March 20
Members - $1400
Non Members - $1500
Between March 15 - April 20
Members - $1600
Non Members - $1700
After  April  20
Members - $1800
Non Members - $1900

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

Housing through the Iowa House Hotel for arrivals on 5/27 and departures on 5/31 is included with the registration cost.    If you need to arrive earlier or stay later, the additional cost per day for housing is $100.  Further information about housing is available through the University of Iowa Center for Conference Services (Kelly Flinn), 319-335-4105 or kelly-flinn@uiowa.edu.


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Closed: 5/10/2019 12:00 AM

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