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Monday, May 6, 2019

Team Mitigation Institute Atlanta

Start Date: 5/6/2019 12:00 PM EDT
End Date: 5/8/2019 4:30 PM EDT

Venue Name: State Bar of Georgia

104 Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA  United States  30303

Organization Name: National Association for Public Defense

Jeff Sherr
Email: jeffsherr2000@yahoo.com
Phone: 8596299152

Mitigation created by a team of professionals in non capital cases is increasingly becoming the standard of practice.   This  bring-your-own-case institute is designed for defense teams to work on the mitigation in a non-capital case.    The institute is a mix of presentations followed up by small group work facilitated experienced faculty.   Participants are encouraged to come with their defense team (attorneys, investigators, paralegals, social workers, mitigation specialists and other sentencing advocates). 
Topics featured at the institute include

  • Creating the Mitigation Story
  • Organizing the defense team
  • Mental Illness and Chemical Dependency
  • Trauma
  • Mapping techniques to turn data into advocacy
Small groups will be assigned so that you will work with teams with similar cases.   Some may have clients with a realistic chance or diversion, others may be working toward lowering the terms of years. 
Groups will also be specific to the characteristics of the clients (i.e juvenile or mental illness). 
Teams will leave the institute with a draft theory of mitigation, an investigation plan, and clearer definitions of the roles of each member of the defense team. 

Current schedule (subject to change)

May 6, 2019
12:00 -1:15
An overview: Mitigation and integration throughout the case from start of case  - Kate Siska
  • Overview of the goals of the institute
  • Getting to know out clients beyond the charges
  • Frontloading Mitigation with the judge, prosecutor and jury (even if going for a not guilty verdict)
  • Demo of Mitigation Argument
Small group
  • Introductions of participants
  • Introduce your client
2:30 -3:15
Team Mitigation: Creating and working with an Attorney-Led Defense Team of Investigator and Mental Health-Mitigation Specialist – Shawna Geiger
  • The advantages of a multidisciplinary team that is led by the attorney and has an investigator and mitigation specialist with a mental health background
  • Defining roles based on strengths of team members
  • Organizing the tasks and documents
  • Checklist
3:30 – 4:30
Small group
  • Creating your Mitigation Team
  • Initial communication to Team
  • communicating responsibilities
  • Maintaining the file
  • Checklists
May 7, 2019
The Why:  Creating the Story of Mitigation - Cyndy Short
  • Answering the why questions to create build compassion
  • Striking the balance between connecting the audience with the client’s strengths and the challenges faced by our client.
  • Putting the world right again through restoration, punishment and deterrence
  • Paint the picture of a future for the client after the sentence is complete
9:30 – 11:30
Small Groups
  • WhyStorming – identifying the questions that must be answered
  • Finding those answers through investigation
  • Draft the theory of mitigation
Mental illness, chemical dependency and our clients – Jeff Chapdeliaine
  • Weaving these facts into the story of our client so they are perceived as mitigating rather than aggravating.
Mapping to Tell the Story – Amy Nyugen
  • Creative uses of maps and other images to turn data into a story
3:30 – 4:30
Small group
Defense Team develops a plan, responsibilities assigned, work product reviewed and evaluated

May 8, 2019
Trauma – Dani Waller
Many of our clients have survived traumatic childhoods and devastating events throughout their early lives. In order to present a compelling picture, we must know what to look for and how to gather the information.  We must understand the nuances of different trauma and why it matters if we are to overcome the frequently heard response to such events, "So what. I know someone who had it bad but didn't hurt anyone."
Small Groups
The Client’s POV  -  Ilham Askia
1:15 – 3
Small Groups
  • Present the current story of mitigation to the group
  • Action Planning
3:15 – 4 pm
Closing – Jeff Sherr
  • Group discussion of “Keepers” from the institute


Early Bird pricing  before Feb 15
Members - $360
Non Members - $410

Between Feb 15 - March 31
Members - $410
Non Members - $460

After  April 1
Members - $460
Non Members - $510 

Volume discount of $25 for each registrant after the first 5 in a group. 

We have a room block set up at the AC Hotel Atlanta Downtown for $152 plus tax and fees a night .   Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to book at this rate.   

Online Registration

Registration is Closed
Closed: 5/3/2019 2:24 PM

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