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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Webinar: Trial Counsel's Ethical Duties to the Client in Postconviction Proceedings

Start Date: 7/11/2018 1:00 PM EDT
End Date: 7/11/2018 2:00 PM EDT

Organization Name: National Association for Public Defense

Heather H. Hall
Email: heather@publicdefenders.us
Phone: N/A

Trial Counsel's Ethical Duties to the Client in Postconviction Proceedings

July 11, 2018, 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 60 minutes

Webinar Faculty:  Sean D. O'Brien, Professor, UMKC School of Law

About the Webinar:  Professor O'Brien will discuss trial counsel's continued duties of privilege and loyalty to the client in the context of capital postconviction proceedings. Approached within the spirit and letter of the ABA Guidelines, cooperation and communication between trial counsel and postconviction counsel can advance trial counsel's strategic objectives to save the client's life.

About the Faculty: Professor Sean O’Brien teaches Criminal Law and Procedure and indigent defense clinics at UMKC Law School. He has represented people in death penalty trial, appeal, postconviction, habeas corpus, clemency and competency-to-be-executed cases across the country since 1983. His Supreme Court cases include Schlup v. Delo, which set the standard for innocence claims in federal habeas corpus, and Stewart v. Martinez-Villareal, which empowers courts to prevent the execution of insane prisoners. Professor O’Brien has served as Jackson County Public Defender, Director of the Missouri Capital Punishment Resource Center, Chair of the MoBar Criminal Law Committee, and President of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and he helped found the Midwest Innocence Project. In 2016, the Missouri Bar presented him the Spurgeon Smithson Award for improving access to justice. Other recognition for his work on behalf of poor people includes the KCMBA Lifetime Achievement Award (2005), the Jackson County Legal Leaders Award (2005), The LAKC Justice Charles Whitaker Award (2004), Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly Lawyer of the Year (2003), Northwest Missouri State University’s Distinguished Alumni Award (2006), The UMKC Alumni Achievement Award (2002), the Midwest Innocence Project’s annual Sean O’Brien Freedom Award (2009), the NLADA National Sentencing Project Award (2008), UMKC’s Daniel Brenner Writing Award (2008), and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Benedictine College (2005).

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