Start Date: 8/12/2020 1:00 PM EDT
End Date: 8/12/2020 2:30 PM EDT
Webinar: Resolving Cases in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond: Successfully Communicating with Our Clients and Negotiating with the Prosecution
August 12, 2020, 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 90 minutes
Webinar Faculty: Kristen Nelson & Julianne Hill
About the Webinar: While all capital defense attorneys have the obligation to seek and convey plea offers, this webinar will focus on the art of negotiating and successfully getting both the prosecutor and your client to say “yes” to a non-death outcome. The speakers will discuss the communication frameworks and strategies they have found to be most effective in the successful resolution of capital cases, as well as the unique opportunities and challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
About the Faculty: Kristen Nelson and Julianne Hill are the Director and Assistant Director of the Powell Project, a philanthropically-funded national capital trial consulting project that works alongside capital trial teams in several states to provide resources and assistance in order to achieve non-death resolutions to cases. In their capacity as capital trial consultants, they often work directly with clients who are struggling with the decision of whether to plead or take a case to trial, and also frequently assist teams with messaging and strategy surrounding communication with prosecutors over plea negotiations.
Kristen Nelson joined the Powell Project in 2018, and is based in Denver, Colorado. Prior to joining the Project, Kristen served for six and a half years as a Deputy State Public Defender on the Complex Litigation Team for the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender in Denver, which represents indigent clients at the trial level in complex felony cases, including those in which the State is considering or has declared it is seeking the death penalty. As the designated appellate-minded lawyer on the trial team, Kristen was responsible for developing the legal issues in the case, drafting and arguing the motions, interlocutory appeals, and jury instructions, and providing legal analysis and input on other strategic decisions in the case. Previously, Kristen spent four years as a staff attorney at the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Kristen began her indigent defense career as a trial attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia following a clerkship with U.S. District Judge Myron H. Thompson in the Middle District of Alabama. Kristen is a 2004 graduate of Harvard Law School.
Julianne Hill joined the Powell Project in 2016 and serves as the Assistant Director. In this capacity, she assists with many aspects of pre-trial case preparation, including motions practice, guiding mitigation investigation, strategizing for settlement, and working directly with clients to assist them in making life-saving decisions. She has previously presented on topics including investigating and litigating intellectual disability, using the internet as an investigative tool, and defense-initiated victim outreach. Prior to working with the Powell Project, she worked for human rights organization Reprieve, focusing on issues related to capital punishment. She was previously an intern with the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama and the Habeas Corpus Resource Center in California. She graduated from Harvard Law School and holds a master’s degree in Political Science and bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Sociology from her hometown university, Arizona State. She is currently based in Miami, Florida.